Dr Barbara Chambers is a lecturer with the Department of Banking and Finance.

Her research interests are in the areas of superannuation, empirical corporate finance and empirical asset pricing.  She has two sole-authored working papers with a superannuation focus: Multiemployer defined pension plan liability spillovers: important connections in US unionized industries and How does multiemployer defined benefit plan membership affect stock return co­movement?

She is currently researching retirement income product design together with co-authors Dr Jun Feng from CEPAR and Dr Yuanyuan Gu from Macquarie University. Accounting and Finance recently accepted the project’s first research paper “The silver tsunami: an enquiry into the financial needs, preferences and behaviours of retirees” for publication.

The project’s second research paper employs a discrete choice experiment to investigate which features retirees want from a retirement income product.  The third research paper investigates how financial literacy affects retirees’ preferences for retirement income product features.

In her early career, Dr Chambers worked in the UK as a management scientist for the Metropolitan Police where she worked on projects including defining user requirements for a computerised personnel system and as a pensions valuation analyst for an insurance company.