Welcome to the DEEPEN project!

DEEPEN is a NORFACE-funded research project (2020-2023), that explores the democratic governance of capital-funded occupational pension schemes in Europe. We investigate how governments, regulators and labour market actors govern funded pensions and whether participants are satisfied with pension fund performance. The project focuses on six European countries: Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Spain.

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Latest news

Webinar on Sustainable Investing by Pension Funds

November 16, 2021
At the invitation of Netspar, DEEPENproject team member Natascha van der Zwan and colleague Arjen van der Heide recently gave a flash webinar on sustainable investment by Dutch pension funds. Their webinar was part […]

Team Leiden at Dutch Pension Federation Roundtable Event

September 22, 2021
DEEPEN researchers Dr. Natascha van der Zwan and Dr. Philipp Golka, together with junior researcher Aalt-Jan Smits, will present research finding at a Roundtable Event organized by the Monitoring Commission […]

New video highlights the importance of pension sharing on divorce

September 20, 2021
Researchers at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Pension Advisory Group and Law for Life/Advice Now, have found that in the UK, men within couples have substantially more […]


August 20, 2021
Karen Anderson, Project Leader for the DEEPEN-project, is the new Chair of the Council for European Studies (CES). Karen, who works as an Associate Professor of Social Policy at University […]

Meet the DEEPEN team: Karen Anderson

August 3, 2021
Karen Anderson is an associate Professor at University College Dublin and a project leader in the DEEPEN team. In this interview, Karen tells us about her role in the project, […]