August 23, 2017, by Léonie Mathers
Nottingham academic – finalist in the Economic and Social Research Council Impact prize 2017
Dr John Gathergood, Associate Professor in the School of Economics since August 2013, was a finalist for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy in the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2017. The Impact Prize recognises and rewards the outstanding successes of ESRC-funded researchers on an annual basis.
Dr Gathergood, who has been an Academic Advisor for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) since February 2014, collaborated with the FCA team to undertake the world’s largest study of the behaviour of households which use payday services. The results of the study influenced the new FCA consumer credit regulations implemented in January 2015 which have helped protect 4.3 million people in the UK from irresponsible loan practices. More details about this study and its impact are available on the ESRC website.
A leading researcher in the behaviour of households in financial markets, Dr Gathergood had previously served as an Advisor for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now Department for Business, Innovation & Skills), for HM Treasury Debt Strategy Group and for Money Advice Service.