About the Risk Institute

The Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty (the “Risk Institute”) conducts internationally recognised research and training in methods and tools to manage the inherent risks and inescapable uncertainties that arise in almost all fields of endeavour.

What we do

The Risk Institute is a unique concentration of expertise across many disciplines from different faculties including engineering, physical and life sciences, management, and social sciences. Its research focuses on inventing methods and fashioning tools for the coherent quantification and management of risks and uncertainties that arise in complex environments and natural and constructed systems. The core staff at the Risk Institute have authored hundreds of scholarly papers which have generated over 27 thousand citations collectively.

The Risk Institute is a unique national centre of excellence in risk and uncertainty research. It hosts the only centre for doctoral training in the UK focusing on risk and uncertainty. Currently, there are over sixty PhD researchers engaged in research projects motivated by interaction with industrial partners. This research is funded primarily by EPSRC and ESRC and various other national laboratories, industrial firms, governmental agencies, and NGOs.

Our Mission

Helping people and organisations create a safer, more secure, and more efficient world, we offer cutting-edge methods to quantify, mitigate and manage risk and uncertainty.

Natural and engineered systems can exhibit extreme or unfavourable states that can lead to injury or death, financial loss, or just suboptimal performance. Anticipating and preventing these outcomes requires understanding how they arise given fluctuations in environmental conditions, actions by adversaries, imperfect or limited measurements, and incomplete scientific understanding of the underlying physical processes.

We develop methods to assess and forecast risks and to make optimal decisions in the face of such uncertainty. Our research spans many disciplines within engineering, as well as the physical sciences, mathematics and computer science, medicine and the life sciences, economics and finance, and even psychology and other social sciences.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The Risk Institute is committed to principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion. This permeates through everything we do. Equality covers our commitment to ensuring we provide equal opportunities to all of our students and staff irrespective of race, gender, socio-economic status, religion, disability and sexual orientation, it also governs all of our recruitment processes.

We are proud of our team diversity, and it is absolutely fundamental to our success. Our commitment to diversity extends beyond an individual's membership of the previously stated salient social groups. This means we provide flexible working and research conditions to suit an individual's particular needs, and so we can structure their research around work or family commitments. We are delighted to have young parents and mature students within our graduate student cohort, and we work tirelessly to ensure an open, friendly and supportive research environment for all.

The Risk Institute has a commitment to inclusion particularly in our local community. We have a strong outreach program, working in local schools, and we have a comprehensive calendar of public interest events and continuing education courses.


The Institute for Risk and Uncertainty is a component of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Established in 1881, the university has a reputation for outstanding research in computer science, general engineering, chemistry, architecture, clinical medicine, among other fields. The Institute for Risk and Uncertainty is the only centre of its kind in the UK connecting a broad variety of disciplines from science and engineering to medicine, social science, and the humanities.

Liverpool is an amazing, diverse and exciting city by the sea, with a rich and raucous history, and an abiding focus on music, architecture, culture and sport. Liverpool, which has been transformed since it was named European Capital of Culture in 2008, is a lively city of learning and play, with more than 470,000 inhabitants, located in North West England where the cost of living is a fraction of that of London. The city has long been an important centre for industry and innovation, with one of the most rapidly growing economies in the UK.

A world city for over a century, its extraordinary history and vibrant music scene, museums, and sports attractions make Liverpool a top tourist destination in Europe. Liverpool is one of the most decorated footballing cities England, home to both the Liverpool and Everton football clubs, recipients of 28 titles in the Premier League. The city has been called the “World Capital City of Pop” because of its musical influence on Merseybeat and as the hometown of the Beatles. There are over two dozen museums and art galleries in Liverpool, including the Tate Liverpool which hosts major international exhibitions of modern art. The city has 250 open landmarks with one of the biggest varieties of architectural styles, combining modern architecture and 16th century Tudor buildings. For this reason, the city has become the second most filmed city in the UK outside London.

Opportunities for students

The Institute has a very large, and active community of PhD researchers, and graduate students. The community we have built is highly multi-disciplinary spanning science and engineering, health and medicine, and social science. Risk and uncertainty is a fast growing, and very exciting area of research, applicable in almost every field. Our interests span all domains, qualitative and quantitative, fundamental research and industrial application, engineering or social science.

We are committed to training and preparing early career researchers to be the leaders, academics and entrepreneurs of the future.

PhD Studies

There is a range of studentship opportunities available with varying eligibility criteria. A variety of opportunities will be regularly posted on this site, you can also consult the website FindaPhD to identify a wide variety of studentship opportunities at the University of Liverpool.

Currently, there is the following PhD opportuinity: MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership: Integrated system for rigorous personalised diagnosis for Giant Cell Arteritis

We accept PhD proposals from perspective students also, and have a range of funding sources available. If you would like to discus a potential research question, or a proposal please contact research@riskinstitute.uk.

To look at current, and previous PhD research titles see here

View our studentship opportunities here

Training events

As part of our commitment to educating early career researchers we have a comprehensive calendar of training events. This includes spring and summer schools in probability, statistics, mathematical methods, data science, and computational methods, as well as many open lectures and scientific meetings and convocations throughout the year.

Our Imprecise Tuesdays, series hosts seminars from our academic staff, PhD researchers, and internationally renowned experts from academia and industry. Imprecise Tuesdays, so imprecise they can happen on any day of the week.

Our annual event, Bayes Days, is a support network for Bayesians and would-be Bayesians offering introductory and specialist tutorials, and a Bayes clinic. Bayes Days is an open forum for anyone to bring along their problems with their Bayesian analyses and seek help in resolving them.

The Risk Institute also hosts Industry Workshops, where scientists and engineers present difficult and interesting problems and we work intensively with them over a two- or three-day period to solve them. These events are free to attend, and open to students and academics form any institution across the United Kingdom. These events allow students to gain an understanding of industrial problem, a chance to collaborate on high-impact research, and a networking opportunity to meet senior engineers and scientists from some of the most high profile companies in Europe.

For further details please contact info@riskinstitute.uk


The Risk Institute welcomes students from across the world to come and spend some time with us for any length of stay. Join our bustling research community, collaborate with us on a project, learn about the large spectrum of our work, and immerse yourself in our multi-disciplinary team.

PhD secondments are a phenomenal opportunity for students to visit Liverpool an amazing and exciting city in the north of England, according to Tripadvisor one of the best cities to visit in the UK, and according to the editors of Rough Guides a night out in Liverpool ranks 3rd in the 50 things to do before you die.

For further details please contact visitors@riskinstitute.uk

Opportunities for academics

We welcome visiting researchers and opportunities to collaborate, including joint proposal ideas. To visit us or to explore other possible avenues of collaboration please contact director@riskinstitute.uk.

If you would like to visit the Risk Institute, we can help with letters of support for your visa application, and we may be able to help you with your application to your local funding body.

Opportunities for industries, businesses and other organisations

The Risk Institute offers cutting-edge expertise and methodologies with which to quantify, mitigate, design for, and manage risk and uncertainty in many fields.

Our multidisciplinary research team includes experts from architecture, engineering, environmental sciences, financial and actuarial mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering & electronics, economics and finance, social sciences and psychology.

There is a great spectrum of avenues for your organisation to interact with the Risk Institute, find out more below or contact manager@riskinstitute.uk


The Risk Institute has experts in all aspects of risk analysis and uncertainty quantification, verification and validation, design or decision making under limiting or imprecise data, communication of risks or uncertainties, design of experiments, and other topics involving modelling and simulation. Our experts are available to work with you as consultants in a broad range of application areas.

The consultancy activities of the Risk Institute allow businesses access to world-leading research in computational methods, machine learning, applied probability and statistics, and data-driven decision making. The Risk Institute can offer free consultancy services for businesses and charities which can deliver targeted solutions meeting the stated mission of the Risk Institute, helping people and organisations create a safer world.

For further details on the Institute consultancy practice, or to discuss potential projects please contact manager@riskinstitute.uk

The Liverpool University Institute for Risk and Uncertainty has become our first port of call for technology research and development in applied statistics and machine learning. The team combines deep scientific knowledge with a can-do approach to delivery, which makes it easy to get things done. We have now completed several projects - including partnerships and consultancy - across various areas of our business where we aim to make better use of data in our live systems.

David Standingford Director, Zenotech

The Risk Institute has pioneered a format for bringing together academics and people from industry, business and NGOs to collaborate on real problems in workshops over one or a few days of intense interaction. It allows interaction without requiring an initial large commitment from industrial partners.

The workshop format provides opportunities for industry to gain access to UK excellence in the fields of uncertainty quantification, risk analysis, mathematics, statistics, engineering, and computer science. Industrialists present a challenge and work collaboratively over a three day period with academics from the Risk Institute and our partners from across the UK and Europe. This format has proven to be extremely successful proving ground in a number of cases and has led to on-going collaborations.

For further details on upcoming industrial workshops at the Institute please see here, or to arrange a study group with us contact manager@riskinstitute.uk

It is has been a great pleasure to welcome people back to the Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty for the Second UQ&M Study Group with Industry. This was the second Study Group we have held [here in Liverpool], and we, the organisers, were delighted with the results—three great case studies and, more importantly, new collaborations which can make real impact for all involved.

We believe that this approach works, and, given its growing interest, it has the potential to become a recurring activity in the UK calendar for engineers, statisticians and mathematicians alike.

Matt Butchers Knowledge Transfer Network

Research at the Risk Institute is focused on challenges facing industries and businesses today; this gives specific direction to our research. We have extensive experience in delivering high-impact, cutting-edge solutions to our partners.

Our multidisciplinary team includes experts from architecture, engineering, health and life sciences, environmental sciences, financial and actuarial mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering and electronics, economics and finance, social sciences and psychology. This gives us a uniquely large pool of methodologies, tools and experience to tackle the issues of uncertainty, risk and resilience. The Risk Institute is currently delivering solutions in over a 100 separate industrial-supported projects.

See the list of our research capabilities. To discuss opportunities, contact research@riskinstitute.uk.

I became involved with Liverpool risk Institute in late 2015 when I undertook a training program in set theory and Bayesian statistics. From that time on the Institute has supported my companies commercial IT based ventures, including in developing research collaborations.
I found the risk Institute to be approachable, knowledgeable and with the wealth of expertise; academics within the Institute work in close collaboration and have given me sensible and straightforward advice promptly.

Louis Clearkin Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Continuing Education Training

The Risk Institute offers continuing education on many topics in bespoke master classes and shortcourses, scheduled to suit your needs. Presentations use an interactive, informal style, and they make use of the Risk Institute’s international network of experts. The courses are specifically tailored to address the challenges that organisations and their staff face, and can be customised for particular issues. Options in the following categories are available:

  • Optimal and robust design
  • Communication
  • Research methods
  • Policy analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Commercialisation and intellectual property
  • Environmental analysis
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Human health
  • Management

See courses and further details and pricing here


Your organisation can support a student’s PhD project directly motivated by a problem of interest to you. The Risk Institute has a heavy focus on tackling industrial challenges. Industry supported PhD studentships provide a mechanism for industrially relevant research that is jointly supervised by academic and industrial partners. All of our PhD students are tied to an industrial, governmental, or charitable partner, focusing their research on organisational challenges at scale. You will gain early access to some of the world’s brightest scientific minds in your PhD students and access to world-leading academics in the application of cutting-edge methods for uncertainty quantification and risk analysis. This access provides you with bespoke solutions and insights into the most challenging problems affecting your business today.

A variety of funding opportunities are possible, including commercially funded PhDs, research grant funding, or partial funding. For further details please contact studentships@riskinstitute.uk, or to read about some of our previous students please see our current students.

Partners of the Risk Institute

Industry collaboration is central to the experience and training offered by the EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments (CDT) and will provide an optimal basis for employability. Listed below are the Partners currently active in the CDT and we expect this list will grow as the CDT progresses.

Exchanging knowledge and expertise, education and training are an integral part of the Institute of Risk & Uncertainty and accelerate the utilisation of our research achievements in the public and private sectors.
We work closely with industry, business and Government to develop applications, products, technologies, processes, techniques, policy and services.
This is realised with specialised and cross-disciplinary projects within a global collaborative network, including partners such as: Rolls Royce, Airbus, Areva, Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, the National Nuclear Laboratory, ARUP, national and international police forces, Swiss Re, Barnett-Waddingham, Aspen and EDF Energy.

Industrial Partners

Academic Partners

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