CHASM a research centre based jointly in the School of Social Policy and the Birmingham Business School within the College of Social Sciences. The Centre seeks to undertake research with academic rigour and with relevance to current issues.

At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and growing inequality, the UK like other advanced economies, has seen a shift from collective welfare provision towards private individual responsibility and risk.  However, many people do not have the financial means or capability to manage this effectively.  CHASM's role is to explore the ongoing changes to personal financial wellbeing.

The aim of CHASM is to provide a focus for world-class research on the role of assets and their distribution in people's lives from pensions to housing to savings.

CHASM is the first university-based, interdisciplinary research centre to focus on:

  • Financial inclusion
  • Financial transfers and tax 
  • Financial capability
  • Financial assets

Our mission

CHASM's mission is to carry out world-class research on wealth and financial wellbeing.

  • Carry out cutting edge, rigorous, relevant, innovative and timely research projects and PhD research
  • Engage stakeholders from different sectors to make an impact on policy and practice in our key areas
  • Grow an international research and policy network to share and disseminate the latest knowledge
  • Contribute to teaching specialist modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels