Olaoluwa Olusanya

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

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I am a Socio-Legal researcher with a particular interest in the intersection of law, psychology and psychiatry. 

In recent years, my work has been underpinned by Legal Realism (Law in action) and focuses on the nexus between military veterans' mental health and access to justice.  

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 more details, click on the following link https://research.aber.ac.uk/en/persons/olaoluwa-olusanya 

I have been awarded as PI, over £1 million in grants funding from various organisations 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. 

Over the years, I have held several senior academic leadership positions including as Associate Dean Alumni relations, Institute of Business and Law and Director of Learning and Teaching, Department of Law and Criminology.

 I undertake several external leadership roles that are reflective of my research 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).




Director of Postgraduate Studies (August 2024-)

Founder and Principal Investigator (Director) of the Veterans Legal Link project (2015-till date) 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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


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