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Willis Research Network


The Willis Research Network (WRN) is an award-winning collaboration supporting and influencing science to improve the understanding and quantification of risk, with the aim to improve the resilience of our clients and society as a whole.

As the risk landscape continues to evolve, the risk advisory and insurance industries are increasingly reliant on better risk insights and innovation. No single institution has the resources or breadth of knowledge to single-handedly answer all of the questions around the quantification and management of risk. Understanding risk and driving resilience are still best met working in partnerships and embracing the talents of people across the globe.

Global partners, local expertise

We drive research by partners in science, academia, think tanks and the private sector, combining specialist expertise with state of the art knowledge across our global network.

Innovative, long-term partnerships

We form long-term, innovative partnerships with the research community.

Understanding of risk

Our partnerships identify risks, improve their understanding and quantification for the benefit of our clients and society.

Transmission mechanism

Our dedicated team brings best practice research and evidence into our client proposition: risk models, advice, thought-leadership, insights and events.

Linking more than 50 organizations in science, academia, think tanks and the private sector, the WRN forms innovative partnerships with the risk management and insurance industries to confront the full spectrum of risk modeling challenges. The WRN continues to build on the strength of its partnerships, delivering and incorporating solutions into models, methodologies and transactions that increase resilience and improve the market’s understanding and coverage of risk.


How do we decide on research topics?



The two ways Willis Research Network works with research partners.
How it works

The WRN encompasses six research hubs. These hubs drive a number of research programs, which in turn manage several WRN research projects, producing academic and applied research outputs.

Outputs include data, models, applications, peer-reviewed journal articles, financial instruments and conferences. Along with longer term research programs, we continue to identify projects with tangible outputs for our clients within shorter frame deliverables, enabling us to deliver solutions on demand.

  1. Earth Risks

    Hub Leader: Rosa Sobradelo

  2. Weather and Climate Risks

    Hub Leader: Geoffrey Saville

  3. Flood Risks

    Hub Leader: Geoffrey Saville

  4. People Risks

    Hub Leader: Hélène Galy

  5. Technology Risks

    Hub Leader: Stuart Calam

  6. Emerging Risks

    Hub Leader: Lucy Stranbrough

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