Published on 19/01/2023
Professor Andy Lymer, Aston Business School
  • Andy Lymer is professor of taxation and personal finance and director of the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing at Aston University
  • His inaugural lecture will explore how research can play a pivotal role in understanding and responding to the cost of living crisis
  • It will take place at Aston University on Thursday 16 February.

Leading financial wellbeing expert, Professor Andy Lymer, is to give an inaugural lecture at Aston University on the cost of living crisis and whether research can have an impact on understanding and responding to the current challenges.

Cost of living crisis – can research really make any difference? will take place in the Susan Cadbury lecture theatre in Aston Business School on Thursday 16 February.

Professor Lymer asserts that research challenges practices and behaviours and offers new ways of thinking, in particular in this case, about our relationship with money and wealth that could aid in addressing the current issues faced.

He says, if done well, research can also help to develop improved resilience and financial wellbeing that will better prepare us all for similar future challenges – both personally and as a society. In his lecture, he will draw on his own work, and those of others engaged in this area, to highlight what differences research can make to this ‘wicked challenge’ and suggest areas in which more work is needed.

Prior to joining Aston University in March 2021, Andy had an extensive career at the Birmingham Business School at University of Birmingham where he worked for nearly 30 years.

He researches and teaches in the fields of taxation (UK, comparative and international taxation) and personal finance (financial education/literacy/capability and financial wellbeing).

Professor Lymer said:

“No-one is unaffected by the current cost of living crisis. A perfect storm of national and global circumstances has led to pressures on all that are, certainly for many in the UK in living memory, unprecedented in scale and impact.

“I will be looking at whether research and researchers really can have any impact on this crisis? Should we put down the tools of research to instead join the front line of those trying to make a difference at the coal face?”

To sign up for a place at this event, click here.

Notes to Editors

About the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing

The Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing is an interdisciplinary research centre that seeks to get to the heart of the causes and consequences of personal and household financial insecurity. It focuses on providing rigorous but accessible and timely insights for a wide range of leaders and decision-makers including those in government and involved in policy making, the financial service industry, third sector organisations and academic researchers as well as the general public.

The Centre’s research is focused around three key themes:

exploring how to achieve effective personal financial wellbeing for different parts of society including how best to support people living on lower incomes improving our understanding of how to balance spending and savings, over the short and longer terms, and how to facilitate the development of a ‘nation of savers’ supporting the development of more effective financial education to improve decision-making skills related to money.


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More about Professor Andy Lymer

Professor Lymer is also the head of the Accounting Department at Aston University. He was a founder member and, for several years until his move to Aston University, the Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at the University of Birmingham.

He currently holds honorary and visiting positions in South Africa and New Zealand and has previously held similar roles in the USA and Australia.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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