Robert Muir-Wood is the Chief Research Officer of the leading catastrophe modeling firm, RMS, where he works to extend natural catastrophe modeling and investigate emerging catastrophe risks. Over the last 25 years, Robert has led projects to develop catastrophe models for hurricane, earthquake, tropical cyclone, windstorm and flood, in Europe, Japan, North America, the Caribbean and Australia. Most recently, his research has included the modeling of mobile risks, the multiple ways in which insurance loss escalates after major catastrophes, the significance of climate change on catastrophe loss, the financial and social impact of “mega” catastrophes and the application of modelling to enhance the resilience of low income countries.
He is vice chair of the OECD High Level Advisory Board of the International Network on the Financial Management of Large Scale Catastrophes; was a Lead Author on the 2007 IPCC 4th Assessment Report and on the IPCC 2011 Special Report on Extremes, is a member of the Steering Group of ‘Sovereign Disaster Risk Finance Impact’ Project (jointly run by the World Bank, the Global Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction and the UK Department for International Development) and was Expert Review Panel member on the ‘Risky Business’ study of the future US economic impacts of climate change (see http://www.riskybusiness.org) 2013-2014. Robert has a Master’s degree and a PhD in natural sciences from Cambridge University, England, where he was also a Research Fellow. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. He is the author of six books, as well as numerous published scientific papers and articles. His latest book ‘The Cure for Catastrophe’ will be published in September 2016.