Michael Adams

Prof, Filosofie hedersdoktorer, honoris causa (Honorary Doctorate), Umea University, Sweden, Handelsbanken-Wallander Research Fellow, Umea University, Sweden


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I am Professor of Strategic Risk Management 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. My scholarly research on risk and insurance has been published in over 70 academic journals, including leading publications such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of International Business Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and the Journal of Risk and Insurance. Additionally, I am thrice winner of the Geneva Association/Shin Foundation Research Excellence Award. Over the last decade, I have also raised research funds of approximately £500,000 from UK and international public and private sector sources.

In 2011, I was awarded the Kenneth J Black Jr Distinguished Service Award for services to the International Insurance Society (IIS).  I am also an international research fellow at the Chinese Center for Social Security and Insurance Research (CCSSIR), Peking University, China, and the Handelsbanken-Wallander Research Fellow at the Department of Economic History, Umeå University, Sweden.

In addition, I have been appointed as consultant for several financial, governmental, and other organizations both in the UK and overseas, and employed as an expert witness in a major international insurance legal case. I am also Associate Editor of the British Accounting Review, the flagship academic journal of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), and on the editorial board of the Geneva Papers: Issues and Practice.

In October 2019, I was conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in recognition of my scholarly research in the fields of risk and insurance by Umea University, Sweden.

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Research Output 2001 2019

Product-market strategy and underwriting performance in the United Kingdom’s property–casualty insurance market

Adams, M., Upreti, V. & Chen, J., 24 Jul 2019, In : The European Journal of Finance. 25, 11, p. 1012-1031 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Leverage and reinsurance effects on loss reserves in the United Kingdom’s property–casualty insurance industry

Veprauskaite, E. & Adams, M., 7 Jun 2018, In : Accounting and Business Research . 48, 4, p. 373-399 27 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Insurance industry
2 Downloads (Pure)

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. p. 1-18

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Life insurance
Insurance market
1 Citation (Scopus)
72 Downloads (Pure)

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

Adams, M., Hoejmose, S. & Kastrinaki, Z., 31 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
3 Citations (Scopus)

Do Chief Executives' traits affect the financial performance of risk trading firms? Evidence from the UK insurance industry

Adams, M. & Jiang, W., 11 Jul 2017, In : British Journal of Management. 28, 3, p. 481-501 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Insurance industry
Chief executive officer
Chief executives


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