CHASM Open House

Monday 21 June 2021 (11:00-12:30)

An opportunity to meet the new Director and Deputy Director of CHASM, hear about our current work, and contribute ideas to our future plans and strategic direction.

CHASM is an interdisciplinary research centre based jointly in the School of Social Policy and the Birmingham Business School within the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. The Centre undertakes leading-edge, policy relevant research on economic insecurity, financial wellbeing and personal finance. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK in February 2020, unemployment, poverty and debt have all increased significantly and look set to rise still further, while a significant minority of the population have seen their savings increase. At a time when households face acute financial strain, both in the UK, and globally, CHASM’s work has never been more important.


11:00 – 11:05: Welcome and introduction from Dr Louise Overton, Director of CHASM

Our current work

11:05 – 11:15: Poverty, Precarity, Debt and Savings – Professor Karen Rowlingson, Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Dr Lorenza Antonucci

11:15 – 11:25: Housing, Welfare and Wellbeing – Dr James Gregory, Dr Danny McGowan, Dr Christoph Gortz

11:25 – 11:35: The Financialisation of Later Life: Pensions, Property and Paying for Care – Dr Chris Smith and Dr Louise Overton

Where next for CHASM?

11:35 – 12:00: Facilitated discussion in breakout groups on the future and focus of CHASM’s research

12:00 – 12:25: ‘Plenary’ session (group feedback) chaired by Dr Stewart Smyth, Deputy Director of CHASM.

12:25 – 12:30: Concluding comments and close – Dr Louise Overton