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29th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research


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Co-hosted by CEPAR and the School of Risk & Actuarial Studies, UNSW Business School, the Colloquium is a unique annual event, bringing together academia, government and industry to discuss the latest research on pensions, superannuation and retirement. 

The 29th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research will be held on 1 December and 2 December, 2021, at the UNSW Sydney campus and simultaneously online. The Colloquium will also host a special online session on 3 December, sponsored by the International Pension Research Association (IPRA).*


Online conference registration will open soon.
Conference registration fees may apply to all participants of the Colloquium event on 1-2 December (registration for the IPRA special online session on 3 December will be free of charge). Further information will follow in due course.


Professor Hazel Bateman, CEPAR Deputy Director, UNSW Sydney
David Bell, CEPAR Associate Investigator, The Conexus Institute
Inka Eberhardt, CEPAR Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney
Dr Katja Hanewald, CEPAR Associate Investigator, UNSW Sydney
Dr George Kudrna, CEPAR Senior Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Colloquium Co-chairs: 

Professor Hazel Bateman, CEPAR Deputy Director, UNSW Sydney
Scientia Professor John Piggott AO, CEPAR Director, UNSW Sydney


The Call for Papers submission deadline has closed.

The theme this year is ‘Financing Retirement in the 2020s and Beyond’.

In the interest of highlighting the theme we specifically invited submissions on:

  • The long-term impact of COVID-19 on the pension landscape (including on labour markets, asset returns, pension/superannuation regulation, preservation of pension/superannuation assets, sustainability of public pensions)
  • New retirement income products
  • Financing aged care costs
  • Use of housing assets to finance retirement
  • Pensions/superannuation and climate change (including impacts on asset allocation and investment strategy)

Contributions were also welcome on other topics, which may include but are not limited to:

Retirement benefits, public pensions; sustainable fiscal policy; taxation of pensions; regulation and performance of pension and superannuation funds, choice architecture and defaults; inequality and pensions; financial product disclosure; financial literacy, financial education and financial advice; fintech solutions; cognition and financial decisions of the elderly; retirement planning; demographic trends; longevity and healthy life expectancy; gender issues in pensions and retirement. 

Early career researchers and students were particularly encouraged to make a submission. A cash prize will be awarded for the ‘Best PhD Paper Presentation’.

On 3 December, the Colloquium will also host a special online session on ‘Financing retirement in the 2020s and beyond: The global experience’, sponsored by the International Pension Research Association (IPRA).

Expressions of interest to be included on the program of the 29th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research and the IPRA sponsored special session have now closed.

If you would like to discuss a possible presentation, please contact Professor Hazel Bateman on h.bateman@unsw.edu.au.

Enquiries: cepar@unsw.edu.au

* Note: The safety and wellbeing of participants is paramount to the Colloquium committee. We acknowledge the ever-changing COVID-19 situation has created uncertainty, also in terms of future travel, both interstate and overseas. At this stage the event is planned to take place with a mix of online and in-person participation in a COVID-safe environment and subject to the COVID-19 caveat with regard to government and university restrictions in place at the time, however, if circumstances restrict this we will convert to an online event entirely. Should this occur CEPAR will provide as much notice as possible.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 09:00
End date: 
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 17:00
UNSW Sydney