• United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Personal finance - all subjects
    Taxation - personal and international tax (UK primarily)

    Personal profile

    Contact Details

    Tel: 0121 204 3434

    Email: a.lymer@aston.ac.uk

    Twitter: @AndyLymer


    Andy joined the Accounting Department, Aston University as its Head in March 2021 as Professor of Taxation and Personal Finance. He is also Director of the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing within Aston Business School and the current Chair of the international Tax Research Network.

    Prior to this had an extensive career at the Birmingham Business School (University of Birmingham) where he worked for almost 30 years in a variety of roles. From 2012 - 2016, he was the Deputy Head (Associate Dean) of the School, was Interim Head of School during 2012. For the four prior years he was the Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.  He was the Director of the Research Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) from 2016 to 2021. 

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

    He has held visiting positions at various institutions in the USA (Texas Tech University) and in Australia (UNSW, Sydney University, Melbourne University and Curtin University).

    He is currently an Honorary Professor in the Department of Taxation, College of Accounting Studies, University of South Africa, and a International Research Associate of the Fin-Ed Research Centre at Massey University in New Zealand.

    For three years (2009 - 2011) he led the Tax Development Programme of HM Treasury.

    Research Interests

    Professor Lymer's research interests lie in three primary areas:

    1. Taxation - specifically including personal and corporate taxes, comparative taxation, international taxation, wealth taxes and VAT

    2. Personal Finance - all matters related to individuals and households and how they manage their money including savings (emergency, short and long term), later life finances (pensions, care provision), wellbeing (understanding how to conceptualise, and thereby better manage, personal notions of what creates and maintains financial welbeing), poverty alleviation strategies (Government at local and national level) and how people create and maintain effective everyday financial behaviours.

    3. Business use of IT - specifically related to accounting information systems and data analytics enabled by accounting systems, and use of modern communications tools for corporate financial reporting.

    Key research projects

    Current and recent (post 2020) funded research projects :

             Money and Pension Service - £9,600 (January 2024 - March 2024)

             With Hayley James (CPFW, Aston University)


             Warwick University - £40,000 (November 2023 - July 2024)

             with Omid Trehani (Warwick University) & Gary Burke (University of Bristol)


    • Co-Principal Invesigator - Real Accounts project 

         Aviva Foundation  - £300,000 (Spring 2023 - March 2024)

         with Hayley James and Lexie Davies (CPFW, Aston University), Anne Angsten Clark, Sope Outlana & Jo Phillips (NEST Insight), Olga Biosca (Glasgow Caledonian University) et al. 


             Money and Pension Service - £8,600 (Nov 2022 - March 2023)

             With Hayley James (CPFW, Aston University)


             Gambling Commission (Regulatory Settlement Award) - £365,000 (June 2021 – May 2023)

             with H. Sacranie (Aston University) and Birmingham City Council Housing Team


             Vivid Housing Group - £38,863 (September 2019 – April 2022)

             with James Gregory (CHASM, University of Birmingham)


             NIHR – Research for Patient Benefit programme (RfPB Social Care 1) – £270,714 (September 2019 – May 2021)

            With K Baxter, E, Heavy, (SPRU, York), L Overton (CHASM, Birmingham), S Calline (City of York Council), A. Barnett (DIPEx), S. Ryan (Oxford)


             East Devon District Council and DCH (Devon and Cornwall Homes) - £30,000 (November 2016 – August 2020)

             With James Gregory (CHASM, University of Birmingham)


    (for a fuller list of current projects see the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing website here)



    BSc (Hons) (Wales), MPhil (Wales), FAIA (Academic), FCMI, FRSA

    Teaching Activity

    Professor Lymer primarily teaches in the area of taxation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

    He has teaching experience in :

    • UK (including Aston University, University of Birmingham, Imperial College Business School, Oxford University, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and others),
    • USA (Texas Tech University),
    • Australia (UNSW, University of Melbourne, Sydney University Curtin University) and
    • South Africa (UNISA)

    He is the co-author of - 

    PhD Supervision

    Professor Lymer has supervised (mostly as primary supervisor) 13 students to completion of PhD or Research Masters degrees .

    He is a regular external examiner of PhD students at other Universities. 

    Management Role

    Professor Lymer is currenty the Head of the Department of Accounting  at Aston University

    He is also a member of the Aston Business School's Senior Management Team and the College of Business and Social Sciences Management Team 

    Visiting Appointments

    Professor Lymer currently holds the following visiting positions:

    1. Honorary Professor - Department of Taxation, College of Accounting Sciences, University of South Africa
    2. International Research Fellow - Financial Education Research Centre, Massey University, New Zealand. 

    He has previously held visiting positions in the USA (Texas Tech University) and Australia (UNSW, Sydney, Melbourne and Curtin Universites) 

    External Connections and Partnerships

    Professor Lymer is actively involved in a wide variety of organisations. Current (selected) research partners, funders or those directly involved in this work or wider interests (since 2020) have included :

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    MPhil, Expert Systems in Personal Financial Planning, Aberystwyth University

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

    BSc, Accounting and Computer Science, University of Wales

    Sept 1987Jun 1990

    Award Date: 30 Jun 1990

    External positions

    Chair in Taxation and Personal Finance


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