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Our research breaks down into four themed areas which describe the work of the Willis Research Network in collaboration with our members and partners. These themes provide structure and allow our vision to be closely tied to tangible outcomes.

Managing Extremes

Financial, environmental, security extremes are the conditions that place the resilience, security and sustainability of public and private institutions under threat. Read more.

Resilience, Security & Sustainability

In recent years there has been a growing focus on resilience, security and sustainability as public and private institutions have confronted heightened levels of risk and uncertainty. Read more.

Insurance, Risk Sharing & Transfer

How can society, at local and global scales, share the costs of extreme events via public and private mechanisms? Read more.

Mastering the Modelled World

Computer based modeling has become the pervasive platform for analysis, communication and decision making across science, finance, industry and public policy. Read more.

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.

Latest News

Changing Cyber Risks
Oct 07, 2015 | read more ›

WRN Hurricane Commentary: Hurricane JOAQUIN
Oct 02, 2015 | read more ›

Sea Level Rise Study with comment from Dr Adam Sobel of Columbia University
Sep 30, 2015 | read more ›

Threats and Opportunities of Demographic Change: Asia
Sep 15, 2015 | read more ›

Interactive Map of Hurricane Katrina
Aug 28, 2015 | read more ›


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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