After qualifying as a barrister in the mid-80s Debora Price practised law in the Middle Temple, ultimately becoming a founding member of Coram Chambers, a set of barristers’ Chambers specialising in family law. She was drawn into academia by concern over possible increases in pensioner poverty as a result of rapid social changes in family life. Her PhD research focused on the impact of family change on pension scheme participation in the UK. She has subsequently been involved in analysis and commentary on UK pension reform and pensioner poverty.
Now a gerontologist and family sociologist, Debora is a currently a Professor of Social Gerontology at The University of Manchester, where she is the Director of MICRA, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing.
Debora’s research focuses on pensions and pension systems, poverty in later life, the sociology of money, social policy relating to finance over the lifecourse, financial services for an ageing population and the legal regulation of the financial consequences of partnership formation and dissolution. Her research centres mainly on gender and age in the study of inequalities, poverty and social exclusion and well-being in later life. Primarily a quantitative researcher, she also has an interest in survey methodology and data analysis, regularly undertaking consultancy work in this area.