Olaoluwa Olusanya

Dr, PhD, PGCert, LLM, LLB (Hons), FHEA


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My research over the last 20 years has focussed around the armed forces community including serving personnel and veterans and their families (sentencing, substantive criminal law and criminology). In recent years, my work has been underpinned by Legal Realism (Law in action) and has focused on the intersection of health and justice and issues of access to justice for veterans and their families; also extending to the methods used in this field.  

As Principal Investigator for the Veterans Legal Link project https://www.veteranslegallink.org/ , I lead a multi-disciplinary team comprising lawyers, computer scientists and sociologists. As the only project dedicated to veterans free legal advice and specialist support services in the UK, we have been utilising unique service access and data to explore a number of research challenges in the field of access to justice. For example, we recently conducted novel longitudinal investigations of legal-help seeking behaviour among veterans, with a particular focus on the link between time elapsed in seeking help and legal options to address a legal matter. The result of our study highlighted a discrepancy between veterans as a population and the population in general. Only a minority of people in the general population (17 percent take more than three months to obtain legal advice from the time a legal matter arises)(Genn, et al., 2004). Our results found that only 42 percent of the veterans population studied displayed help-seeking behaviour for their legal problems within 26 weeks of the problem arising. This is a significant difference between the general population and military veterans and has significant implications for the direction of future research and policy. Finally, we are currently piloting an early intervention and prevention approach with a leading veterans' charity in Wales and our recent before and after study shows for the first time that legal advice improves the mental health and wellbeing of Veterans.

My research has attracted funding from various funders including the National Lottery Community Fund, The Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence. The Veterans Legal Link project relies on an extensive network of stakeholders and partner organisations so as to meet the complex needs of vulnerable veterans and their families. In order to better meet these complex needs, the project used participatory action research approaches to develop Auxilium Software Portal https://auxiliumsoftware.co.uk/ 


I am currently Reader in Law at the Department of Law and Criminology where I am the Founder and Principal Investigator (Director) of the Veterans Legal Link project. 

I enjoy teaching and research and public and community engagement and undertake several external leadership roles that are reflective of my interests including: Member Office for Veterans' Affairs (OVA) UK Government Academic Advisory Board, Member National Advice Network (NAN) Welsh Government, Member Wales Pro Bono Committee, Member Advance HE Strategic Advisory Group Learning and Teaching, Member Pers Hwb (Personnel Hub) Coordination Panel, British Army (Wales) and Member Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant. I was also a Member of Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Advisory Group and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Citizens Advice Ceredigion.

As founder of the Family Legal Clinic (FLC), I feel proud that we won the prestigious Highly Commended Award in the Best Contribution by a Pro Bono Clinic category (LawWorks Pro Bono Awards). I have been shortlisted twice for the National Teaching Fellowship award in recognition of my contributions to clinical legal education (the study of law through real-world legal activities).



Founder and Principal Investigator (Director) of the Veterans Legal Link project 

Arbenigedd sy’n gysylltiedig â NDC y CU

Yn 2015, cytunodd gwladwriaethau sy’n aelodau'r Cenhedloedd Unedig ar 17 o Nodau Datblygu Cynaliadwy (NDC) byd-eang i ddod â thlodi i ben, diogelu’r blaned a sicrhau ffyniant i bawb. Mae gwaith y person hwn yn cyfrannu at y NDC canlynol:

  • NDC 3 - Iechyd a Llesiant Da
  • NDC 10 - Llai o Anghydraddoldeb
  • NDC 16 - Heddwch, Cyfiawnder a Sefydliadau Cadarn


  • K Law (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • BF Psychology

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