Michael Adams

Prof, Filosofie hedersdoktorer, honoris causa (Honorary Doctorate), Umeå University, Sweden, Handelsbanken-Wallander Research Fellow, Umeå 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 Banking aqnd Finance, 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 Umeå University, Sweden.

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Does Boardroom nationality affect the performance of UK insurers?

Adams, M. & Baker, P., 31 May 2020, (Acceptance date) In : British Accounting Review.

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Do financial experts on the board matter? An empirical test from the United Kingdom's non-life insurance industry

Adams, M. & Jiang, W., 1 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance. 35, 1, p. 168-195 28 p., 1.

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    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., 2020, In : Business History. 62, 2, p. 222-239 18 p.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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