Dr James is senior research fellow in the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing at Aston Business School.
Her research interests concern sociological perspectives on money, finance and value, and how they intersect with ageing and the lifecourse.
Her thesis, completed at the University of Manchester, examined the impact of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions in the UK on individual decision making using a qualitative research methodology (entitled Connecting Policy with the Personal: UK pension reforms and individual financial decision making).
She is interested in exploring topics related to experiences of finance in everyday life and the impact for financial wellbeing.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Gender and Finance
University of Manchester: PhD, Sociology 2019
Media Appearances (2)
Millennial tension: Why would anyone save for a pension?
The Bunker radio
It’s hard to plan for the future when the present seems so grim. But is a nihilistic attitude to pensions creating a ticking time bomb for millennials? And have scandals and corporate embezzlement meant we have all lost faith in the safety net of our twilight years? Disillusioned Bunker host Marie Le Conte is joined by Dr. Hayley James, senior research fellow in the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing at Aston University, to ask what (if anything) can restore trust in the pensions system. “ We often hark back to a ‘golden age’ of pensions that hasn’t always existed.” “The gender pension gap is huge, bigger than the gender pay gap.”
Podcast: Pension expert’s ‘mission’ to improve financial planning for later life
Aston mean business online
Personal finance should not be seen as something “scary” to be shunned and avoided, according to a pensions expert at Aston University. But Dr Hayley James said that finance provision, particularly pensions, also need to be improved and better tailored to individual needs. Dr James, a senior research fellow in the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing at Aston Business School, was talking about her work in the latest episode of the ‘Aston means business' podcast, presented by journalist Steve Dyson.