Established by Professor Elaine Kempson in 1998, PFRC is an interdisciplinary research centre exploring the financial issues that affect individuals and households. We are part of the School of Geographical Sciences.

Our team combine empirical research skills with specialisms drawn from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including social policy, human geography, psychology and social research. We apply novel multi-method approaches to address complex and challenging questions. Much of our research is undertaken to meet a demand from policymakers, practitioners and others for independent, policy-relevant research underpinned by academic rigour. We are influential in shaping public policy and practice, and our experts regularly provide advice to government departments, regulatory bodies and others. Our research findings are freely and publicly available for the benefit of all.

PFRC acts as a bridge between the academic and wider research community, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.

Professor Sharon Collard, PFRC Research Co-Director

We have methodological expertise in:

  • Survey design
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Literature and evidence reviews
  • Methodological studies and index construction
  • Evaluation research
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