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Structure & Organisation

The Willis Research Network operates as an intrinsic part of the Willis Group., The WRN’s analytics services augment the company’s in-house capabilities to support the scientific needs of clients and industry partners.

Willis, via the WRN, supports many academic posts, but these personnel are employed by their research institutions. Academic members and external participants in the WRN are independent of Willis.

The scientific independence of WRN member institutions, their research and personnel from Willis Group is an important principle of the Network's operation.

The Network is coordinated by Willis Group's Global Analytics department and a team of dedicated sector specialists. These personnel manage WRN programmes, projects and outputs between WRN members, Willis personnel and partner organisations worldwide.

Willis Global Analytics provides WRN Members with facilities to integrate and distribute WRN data, expertise and applications across international insurance and reinsurance markets.


About WRN

As economic, social and environmental uncertainties increase, institutions and populations seek greater resilience to support sustainable growth. Science and insurance lay at the heart of understanding, managing and sharing these risks, building more secure futures at local and global scales.

The Willis Research Network (WRN) operates across the full spectrum of risk from natural catastrophe, to legal liability, financial and security issues linked across driving themes: Resilience, Security & Sustainable Growth; Managing Extremes; Insurance & Risk Management and Mastering the Modelled World.

All Members and activities are united by a common aim: improving resilience by integrating first class science into operational and financial decision-making across public and private institutions.

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Fast Facts

  • The WRN was formed in September 2006 to support leading academic research into extreme events, with a specific focus on responding to the challenges faced by businesses, insurers and governments
  • The WRN's membership spans the globe, counting more than 50 world-class universities, scientific research organisations and public policy institutions
  • Collectively, our members have published more than 100 papers in leading scientific journals
  • Nearly all of the WRN's research is freely available to the public and can be downloaded on our website

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