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I am Professor of Strategic Risk Management and Director of the Research Centre in Strategic Risk at the University of Bath. Formerly I held academic positions at the Universities of Swansea, Glasgow, and Massey (New Zealand), and professional accountancy positions in the private and public sectors. I have published papers in over 60 academic journals and am thrice winner of the Geneva Association/Shin Foundation Research Excellence Award. I have also raised research funds of over £300,000 from public and private sector sources since 2008.


In 2011 I was awarded the Kenneth J Black Jr Distinguished Service Award for services to the International Insurance Society (IIS). I am the UK Ambassador for the IIS, and member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and the Willis Research Network. I maintains strong research ties with academic colleagues at the Centre for Risk and Insurance Studies (CRIS), University of Nottingham and the Chinese Accounting, Finance and Business Research Unit (CAFBRU), at Cardiff Business School.

I am also an international research fellow at the Chinese Center for Social Security and Insurance Research (CCSSIR), Peking University, China, the Handelsbanken-Wallander Research Fellow at the Department of Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden, and visiting Professor at the International Center for Insurance Regulation (ICIR), Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany.

In addition, I have been appointed as consultant for several financial institutions both in the UK and overseas and employed as an expert witness in commercial insurance legal cases. Professor Adams is also Associate Editor of the British Accounting Review, the flagship academic journal of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).

I am also on the editorial board of the Geneva Papers: Issues and Practice.

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Insurance Business & Economics
Insurance industry Business & Economics
Reinsurance Business & Economics
Insurer Business & Economics
Insurance market Business & Economics
Chief executive officer Business & Economics
Life insurance Business & Economics
Sweden Business & Economics

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Research Output 2001 2018

Managing policy lapse risk in Sweden's life insurance market between 1915 and 1947

Adams, M., Andersson, L. F., Eriksson, L., Lindmark, M. & Veprauskaite, E., 22 Feb 2018, In : Business History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Life insurance
Insurance market
1 Citations

The leverage and reinsurance effects on loss reserves in the United Kingdom's (UK) property-casualty insurance industry

Veprauskaite, E. & Adams, M., 2018, In : Accounting and Business Research . 48, 4, p. 373-399 27 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insurance industry

Corporate philanthropy and risk management: an investigation of reinsurance and charitable giving in insurance firms

Adams, M., Hoejmose, S. & Kastrinaki, Z., Jan 2017, In : Business Ethics Quarterly. 27, 1, p. 1-37 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Charitable giving
Corporate philanthropy
Risk management
Insurance industry
Chief executive officer
Chief executives
Open Access
Non-life insurance
Empirical test
Insurance industry


Cost of Equity and Property Insurance: Evidence from China

Author: Jia, Y., 1 Jul 2013

Supervisor: Adams, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Reinsurance and the Cost of Equity in the United Kingdom’s Non-Life Insurance Market

Author: Upreti, V., 15 May 2014

Supervisor: Adams, M. (Supervisor) & Tonks, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Reserving, Reinsurance and Earnings Management: Evidence from the United Kingdom’s Property-Liability Insurance Market

Author: Veprauskaite, E., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Adams, M. (Supervisor) & Rayton, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

The Determinants of the Profitability of Micro-Life Insurers in Nigeria and South Africa

Author: Oyekan, O., 1 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Adams, M. (Supervisor) & Millington, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD