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Research working parties

The Sustainability practice area is active in member-led research. Member-led research working parties are volunteer-led groups which conduct research on timely topics of interest to the practice area and the wider profession.

The Sustainability Research & CPD Committee has oversight of all the working parties listed below and encourages them to undertake research that can be shared with Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) members via sessional papers, articles in The Actuary or the British Actuarial Journal (BAJ), and presentations at conferences and workshops.

 The Committee currently has the following research working parties exploring the following topics:

The committee also has links to several working parties led by other practice areas.

If you have your own ideas for member-led research you would like to pursue, please refer to our Guidance for Research Working Parties or contact the IFoA Communities team.

Members interested in volunteering for a research working party should check Volunteer vacancies for current and new working parties.

The Sustainability R & CPD collaborates with external researchers studying relevant topics.  For example:

  • Sustainable Finance Programme – the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is seeking to understand how finance and investment intersects with the environment and sustainability, with particular emphasis on “stranded assets”.  The IFoA is represented on the Programme’s Global Advisory Council by Mike Clark
  • Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity – the IFoA is a non-academic partner in this multi-disciplinary research centre, based at the University of Surrey.

The IFoA is also actively involved in commissioning strategic and external research relating to Sustainability.

Information on research undertaken by universities and other external agencies which receive funding and/or support from the IFoA, as well as the IFoA’s strategy for involvement, the process for calls for research, current research initiatives and funding, can be found in Research and Knowledge.

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Contact Details

For more information about Sustainability working parties contact the Communities Team

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

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    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

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    In this webinar, we will discuss how cause-of-death data from the Office for National Statistics can help us to understand how inequalities arise at the all-cause level. The key to understanding mortality inequality is to think about the chain that connects risk factors, relative risks, and cause-of-death mortality through to all-cause mortality.

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    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

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    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    Online
    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
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    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

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    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.