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Seasonal Climate Impact Prediction
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Data-Driven Business Models: Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data
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Next Generation Research and Innovation Networks
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Wharton’s Erwann Michel-Kerjan receives the prestigious Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize

Dec 07, 2014

Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, PPI Faculty Affiliate and ED of the Wharton Risk Center, was awarded the 2014 Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize in London last week. The award recognizes his work on Evaluating Flood Resilience Strategies for Coastal more ›

Willis Re Unveils First Japan Tsunami Model

Dec 02, 2014

New Model to Advance Knowledge of Catastrophic But Largely Un-Modelled more ›

Including the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Management

Nov 10, 2014

One of the great learnings of the last nine years of implementing the world’s first comprehensive agreement on disaster risk reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), is how vital it is to include the private sector in disaster risk more ›

UN Climate Summit: 1-in-100 Initiative

Nov 07, 2014

September saw the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York, aiming to raise political momentum and mobilise action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate risk, ahead of next year’s key climate change negotiations in Paris. The Climate Summit brought together an unprecedented number of world leaders, including 125 heads of state and 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society, to agree actions that will address some of the challenges caused by our more ›

Scariest Risks of 2014

Oct 17, 2014

TAs risk advisors, WillisWire bloggers tend to think less of ghouls and goblins during the Halloween season than of the frightening real risks our clients face. This year they faced more than their share of new ones, with ISIS, Ukraine, Ebola–and several, just as scary, that don’t have proper names. Here’s what keeps our bloggers up at night in 2014. Which one scares you most? more ›

Understanding Risk in an Evolving World

Oct 03, 2014

Emerging Best Practices in Natural Disaster Risk more ›

Insurance industry to double its climate-smart investment by end of 2015

Sep 24, 2014

The global insurance industry, which currently accounts for a third of the world’s investment capital, yesterday took centre stage at the UN Climate Summit in New York. Pledging a rise in its climate-smart investments - from $42 billion to $84 billion by end of 2015 – the insurance industry is set to transform its mainstream asset management by placing a more emphasis on climate more ›

Feeling the Heat of Wildfire Risk

Aug 28, 2014

An untended campfire. A tossed cigarette. A trash fire on a windy day. These are some of the typical sparks of wildfires. But the real source is seasonal dryness exacerbated by drought, which experts now say is being fueled by climate change. In a world where extremes of wet and dry are only growing more pronounced, we can expect more more ›

Industry can cope with $100 billion disaster

Aug 19, 2014

A growing market for catastrophe bonds has placed the insurance industry to handle a natural disaster bigger than Hurricane Katrina, says this article from Insurance Business more ›

Nature's Roadblock to Hurricane Prediction

Jul 23, 2014

Experiment shows how small-scale variability can thwart seasonal more ›

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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

Wharton’s Erwann Michel-Kerjan receives the prestigious Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize
Dec 07, 2014 | read more ›

Willis Re Unveils First Japan Tsunami Model
Dec 02, 2014 | read more ›

Including the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Management
Nov 10, 2014 | read more ›

UN Climate Summit: 1-in-100 Initiative
Nov 07, 2014 | read more ›

Scariest Risks of 2014
Oct 17, 2014 | read more ›


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