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.


Researchers say in Australia heatwaves kill more people than all other natural disasters, except pandemics.

click here to hear Will Ockenden's interview with Dr Thomas Loridan, Risk Frontiers and Dr Liz Hanna, Climate and Health Alliance.



The Mw 7.8 November 14, 2016 Hanmer Springs Earthquake, Briefing 3

Click here to view Paul Somerville's latest Briefing Note on earthquake activity in New Zealand.


Paul Somerville is mentioned in this article in The Conversation


Risk Frontiers' Professor Paul Somerville provided comment to the NZ Herald regarding the recent earthquakes.

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