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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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Upper tail dependence in rainfall extremes: would we know it if we saw it?
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Read all of the news about our activities at the Willis Research Network. The latest ten articles are below. Or you can choose to view either our internal news and press releases or news articles that mention us in the press using the navigation on the left.

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 ›

Japan Facing Early Season Typhoon: Neoguri

Jul 08, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is now as large as the East China Sea, writes our weather risk expert, Geoffrey Saville. What makes it so dangerous, and what Japan can expect -- new on WillisWire more ›

Willis Group Presents Unique Event to Kick-Start a Global Disaster Resilience Transformation

Jun 30, 2014

London Guildhall Summit Brings Together the Best of Capital, Science and Policy to Address the Urgent Need for Better Resilience Against Natural Hazards and Climate more ›

Is Risk Changing or is it All in our Heads?

Jun 19, 2014

Accurately identifying and prioritising risk is crucial for business success and, more specifically, to help risk managers decide on investment priorities. Establishing a rational, dispassionate view of risk helps with making a more informed decision about how to treat that particular more ›

Understanding Risk forum - Register today

Jun 18, 2014

Understanding Risk (UR) is a global community of experts and practitioners in the field of disaster risk assessment. Every two years, the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and a variety of public and private partners convene the UR Forum—a five-day event designed to showcase best practices and the latest technical advances in disaster risk assessment. Forums provide organizations with the opportunity to highlight new activities and initiatives, build more ›

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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

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

Insurance industry to double its climate-smart investment by end of 2015
Sep 24, 2014 | read more ›

Feeling the Heat of Wildfire Risk
Aug 28, 2014 | read more ›

Industry can cope with $100 billion disaster
Aug 19, 2014 | read more ›

Japan Facing Early Season Typhoon: Neoguri
Jul 08, 2014 | 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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