Risk Frontiers is an independent research centre sponsored by the insurance industry to aid better understanding and pricing of natural hazard risks in the Asia-Pacific region. It was founded in 1994 to service the specialized needs of its sponsors in the local insurance and international reinsurance markets.  Its aims were to:

  • undertake risk assessment and research into natural hazards,
  • develop databases of natural hazards and their impacts on communities and
    insured assets, and
  • develop loss models to improve the pricing of natural hazard catastrophe risks.

These activities remain the core business of Risk Frontiers today, although it now undertakes studies on a much wider range of risk-related problems and for a client base that extends well beyond the insurance sector. It is the preferred provider of research to the NSW State Emergency Service and works with various government agencies and a number of corporate and utility organisations on risk-related issues. .  Read more.


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Risk Frontiers' Researcher, Dr Katharine Haynes has received the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) 2015 for the most important contributions in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction for a scientist under the age of 40.  Katharine (left) received her award from Karen Andrews MP (centre). Katharine now goes on as the Australian representative for the competition amongst the wider APEC region.

  Paul Somerville

Prof. Paul Somerville was given the honour of being invited to deliver the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture at the 67th meeting of the Earthquake Research Institute in Boston.

Please click here for a pdf version of his presentation.


27 October 2015

Risk Frontiers Seminar Series 2015

Our seminar series this year will be held on 27th October, 2015 at the Museum of Sydney from 2pm until 4.30pm followed by light refreshments.

Please note this date in your diary.

Registrations will commence late September.

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Asia Insurance Review - July 2015
The 25th April 2015 Mw 7.8 Nepal Earthquake

Geoscientists have long warned that crustal stresses are building up in Nepal. Professor Paul Somerville of Risk Frontiers at Macquarie University in Sydney shares about the history of some of the bigger earthquakes that affected the area, the strong ground motions, the four key factors contributing to the relatively low death toll and the economic impact of the earthquake.

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