Insurance for a better world


The Shin Research Excellence Awards program is designed to foster original, applied research in the insurance and risk management field, addressing issues of concern to global insurance executives by examining subjects which directly influence business operations and issues on a practical level.

The selected research, once refereed, will be published in The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance and presented at the annual IIS Global Insurance Forum before a delegation of 500+ insurance professionals, policymakers and researchers representing 50 nations, this year taking place in Singapore, on 18-21 June 2019. Awards of up to US$5,000 plus travel expenses will be presented to the selected qualifying research papers, and the lead author will be hosted at the Global Insurance Forum to present the research and actively participate both formally and informally at the Forum.

Recognizing that research anchors productive dialogue which serves as a catalyst for development, the 2019 Shin Award will focus on the topic “Global Risk Imperative: Implications for the Insurance Industry". Global risks are increasing and intensifying, challenging the fundamental infrastructure that underpins economies, institutions, societies and the environment. These challenges are fueled by the impact and implications of an expanding populace, the associated increased demand for and inequitable access to resources, environmental degradation, and growing political, economic and societal discontent.

With the expansion of global risks, there is an imperative to stimulate collaboration towards equitable, inclusive and sustainable solutions, and the insurance industry has a key role to play in that collaboration, the IIS and The Geneva Association invite submissions of original -developed for this particular program- research on the following topics:

  • Food Insecurity: supporting the sufficiency of global food supply and equitable access
  • Geopolitical Risks: addressing threats to social order based on civil conflicts, cultural and nationalistic identity conflicts, divergent political systems, inter-state power tensions, trade wars, terrorism, and geoeconomic and political instability
  • Climate Risks: mitigating impacts of and expanding resilience to extreme weather events and trends
  • Water Crisis: managing the optimum use/allocation of resources and mitigating impacts of rising water tables
  • Health and Welfare: improving health and achieving equity in health care access, solutions for a longevity economy

Submissions are due by March 1, 2019

For more information, download the Call for Papers.