Netspar contributes to the continuous improvement of the possibilities for financing the old age in the Netherlands.

We do this by:

  • Network development,
  • Formulating and executing scientific research programs, including sharing knowledge with other countries, and
  • A related program for disseminating and transferring knowledge within the Netherlands.

Vision: Social Innovation

The network aims to serve as an example of how public and private parties in the service sector can work together with researchers in the social sciences to promote social innovation in an efficient and mutually beneficial manner. In addition, Netspar also has a particular interest in promoting the research and development capacity of the pension industry.

Ambition: Authoritative and Innovative

Netspar aims to be an authoritative, innovative leader in the field of retirement financing. This is supported by another underlying ambition: to strengthen international contacts by gaining recognition as a knowledge network and engaging in international research and knowledge transfer partnerships.

Key Values: Independent, Accessible, and Open

Netspar upholds the key values of being independent, accessible for newcomers, and open to dialogue and interaction with stakeholders. It recognizes the value of all sorts of knowledge, from a broad range of disciplines, and of methodical approaches. The network does not take a particular position in policy issues but is dedicated, instead, to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pension systems and retirement. It works toward the productive dissemination of unbiased research output among policymakers, professionals, and managers and administrators at financial institutions, as well as in the academic community.

“There is a lot going on in the pension world. The issues are more complex. That’s why I think it’s important that there’s a Netspar, that pensions do not just look like a product, but complement the discussion and offer a broader look to, for example, care and living. In addition, Netspar intersects the more controversial topics, such as customization and choice. That is incredibly important.”
Hedda Rennooij

2019-2023 Action Plan

With input from evaluations by our Scientific Council, NWO and our Partners, Netspar has drawn together an ambitious Research Agenda (Netspar NexT) and a 2019-2023 Action Plan.

The new program focuses on three themes that influence the old-age provision in the Netherlands: transition to a new pension contract, further development of financial life cycle planning and an exploration of social developments such as longer working hours, the growing number of  self-employed workers, solidarity and big data. Approximately EUR 1 million is available annually for new research. An extensive program for knowledge sharing and networking activities is linked to the research agenda.

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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