For immediate release

bepress adds a New Journal on Risk Management to its list

Berkeley, CA, November 18, 2009 — bepress and The Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) are pleased to announce that the Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance will be publishing with Berkeley Electronic Press as of November 2009.

"The Asia-Pacific region is exposed to major insurance and catastrophe risks, and as insurance markets develop rapidly in these countries – including world economic powers such as China and India – journal articles by both academics and practitioners focus on critical issues in life insurance, non-life insurance, pensions, and financial risk faced by governments, industry, and individuals," said Professor Michael Sherris, 2008-2009 President of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association.

"We are extremely pleased and welcome this outstanding journal to our collection," said Gordon Tibbitts, CEO of bepress, "It is impossible not to see the value in studying risk management given the world's present social, political, economic and environmental challenges."

Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance will launch with bepress on November 18th with a new issue featuring articles on the cost structure of Malaysian non-life insurance, the dynamic interactions between risk management, capital management, and financial management in the U.S. property/liability insurance industry, disability-based underwriting prohibitions and risk capital allocation.

The journal is edited by Professor Michael R. Powers of Temple University (Fox School of Business) and Tsinghua University (School of Economics and Management), with an editorial board featuring some of the most distinguished risk and insurance scholars from around the world.

To read the first issue of Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance please visit:

About The Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association

The Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) was founded in 1997 in Singapore as a learned society for academics, executives, researchers, and government leaders with an interest in risk management, insurance, actuarial science, and related areas. Its members are drawn from throughout the world – but particularly the Asia-Pacific region – to share ideas and engage in collaborative research. The Association hosts an annual conference with participants from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Australia, as well as the U.S. and Europe. APRIA also collaborates closely with other academic societies around the world, including the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), the European Group of Risk and Insurance Economists (EGRIE), and the Geneva Association. The Association has published the Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance since 2005.

About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

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