On 27th January 2022, the DEEPEN team met virtually, providing a welcome opportunity to update on the progress of the research. All teams are now involved in conducting the second work package, which involves qualitative interviews with stakeholders and pension schemes in six countries. We were able to share our experiences and learn from each other’s approaches to this important segment of research. We also looked ahead to what 2022 holds, with a number of publications in progress and conference panels accepted (more details will be published on our website). The team were also introduced to Rosella Twisk, DEEPEN’s new student assistant based in Leiden who will be helping with the communications of the project.
The meeting was also attended by members of the parallel project “Sustainability through occupational pension schemes? The influence of co-determination actors on investment strategies” funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. This new project led by DEEPEN PIs Karen Anderson, Tobias Wiss and Natascha van der Zwan investigates the extent to which actors of co-determination influence investment decisions from an international comparative perspective. The DEEPEN team got to meet the two post-docs working on the project, Arjen van der Heide and Ilias Naji, as well as Sophie Müller-Wipperfürth, student assistant working in Linz across both the DEEPEN and HBS projects. We look forward to sharing interesting discussions from the findings of both projects in future!