Insurance for a better world


This special issue aims to better understand how financial resources can be allocated to make economies more resilient to climate change, with a special focus on the role of risk quantification, transfer and financing.

Deadline: 4 October 2020

We encourage submissions in the following areas:

  • Empirically-driven insights into the role of the insurance sector in global financial flows at the asset/firm/portfolio level particularly in relation to transitioning to a resilient low carbon economy.
  • Practitioner-oriented risk measurement and quantification that acts to efficiently direct capital towards a climate-resilient low-carbon economy.
  • Outcomes of public–private partnerships between governments and financial markets, including the re/insurance industry and institutional investors, seeking to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Rates of return observed in capital markets from activities related to climate finance (e.g. public equities / fixed income / alternatives /other green technologies/ green resilient infrastructure).
  • Implications for insurers as investors and risk managers from climate change related to strategy, policy, enterprise risk management, innovation in new products / services, capital allocation and investing.
  • Approaches to risk management and investing in climate resilient infrastructure and systems. This could include (i) approaches to assessing the changing risk-opportunity landscape, (ii) climate risk allocation among key stakeholders, (iii) the role of the insurance sector and governments in reducing and transferring risks, and (iv) technological disruptions and innovation in system-wide risk analytics.
  • Approaches to financing emerging business models in a range of economic sectors (e.g., energy, transport/mobility, construction and building, smart cities) driven by climate change considerations. This could include, (i) fundamental drivers of emerging business models; (ii) changing risk-opportunity landscapes and systemic risks; and (iii) disruptions and innovations in the insurance industry and how the insurance business model is changing in response.

Papers must be submitted by 4 October 2020 via the website of The Geneva Papers.

All suitable manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. For further information on The Geneva Papers, visit For further information on this special issue, please contact Christophe Courbage.