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28th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research

Researchers meeting to examine ageing population data

The 28th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research will be held on 7-8 December 2020.*

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

The theme for 2020 is ‘Pensions, superannuation and retirement in a post COVID-19 world’.

The Colloquium will also host a special session on ‘Pensions and COVID-19: The Global Experience’, sponsored by the International Pension Research Association (IPRA).

Papers submitted to the Colloquium and the IPRA sponsored session on ‘Pensions and COVID-19: The Global Experience’ will be considered for inclusion in a Special Issue of the Journal of Pension Economics & Finance on Pensions and COVID-19.


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



Expressions of interest to be included on the program of the 28th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research have now closed. If you would like to discuss a possible presentation, please contact Professor Hazel Bateman on h.bateman@unsw.edu.au.

In the interest of highlighting the theme we specifically invited submissions on the impact of COVID-19 on:

  • Retirement savings adequacy
  • Market volatility and pensions
  • Pension and superannuation investment decisions and withdrawals
  • Sustainability of public pensions
  • Labour market participation and retirement decisions
  • Unemployment and early retirement
  • Superannuation and pension fund investment management
  • Household financial decision making
  • Health and aged care costs

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; housing as a retirement resource, 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, especially PhD students, were particularly encouraged to submit. A cash prize will be awarded for the ‘Best PhD Paper Presentation’.

Expressions of interest to be included on the program of the 28th Colloquium on Pensions and Retirement Research and the IPRA sponsored special session have now clsoed.  

A Submission Form is available online. Please email the completed form along with a 300 word abstract and a full paper or an extended abstract (around 3 pages summarising background, method and results) to cepar@unsw.edu.au. The deadline for submission was 14 August 2020.

* We acknowledge the ever-changing COVID-19 situation has created uncertainty in terms of future travel, both interstate and overseas. At this stage we are planning a face-to-face conference subject to the COVID-19 caveat with regard to restrictions in place about size of gatherings at the time, however, if circumstances restrict this we will convert to an online event or a mix of face-to-face and online participation. International presenters are welcome in all formats.

Direct event or media enquiries to:   Silke Weiss

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 09:00
End date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 17:00
Sydney, Australia