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Research Interests

Enterprise Risk Management, Insurance Technology (Insurtech), Data Science

Research Statement

Dr Mark Farrell is a qualified Actuary (FIA) and Programme Director of the Actuarial Science and Risk Management degree programme at The Management School, Queen's University Belfast. After obtaining a first class degree in Mathematics and Sports Science at Loughborough University, Mark spent a number of years working in various actuarial roles in London, Toronto, Belfast, and Dublin. He moved into academia in 2009 where he now teaches and researches in actuarial science related fields. Mark has a PhD in Finance, specialising in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). He has additional research interests in Insurance Technology (Insurtech) and Data Science. Mark is also a Fulbright Scholar.



- Doctor of Philosophy (Finance), Queen’s University Belfast (2016)

- Fellow (FIA) of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET), Queen’s University Belfast (2012)

- Certificate in Finance & Investment, Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (2005)

- 1st Class BSc Mathematics & Sport Science, Loughborough University (1999)



- Actuarial Consultant (Acumen Resources, 2007-2009)

- Actuary (Mercer, 2001-2007)

- Actuarial Trainee (HSBC, 2000-2001)


Programme Director, BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management


1. Actuarial Methods & General Insurance (BSc Actuarial Science Module): 2009-2013 

2. Principles of Actuarial Modelling (Tutor): 2010

3. Actuarial Modelling (BSc Actuarial Science Module): 2010-present

4. Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Analysis (MSc Risk Management Module): 2013-present 

5. Actuarial Applications (BSc Actuarial Science Module): 2015-present

6. Financial Risk Analysis (BSc Actuarial Science Module, in development): 2017 - present

7. International MBA. Guest presenter on Enterprise Risk Management: 2013


Actuarial Science Blog: https://proactuary.com/

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markfarrellactuary


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Research Output

Blockchain: A UK/European Perspective

Farrell, M., 01 Feb 2019, Society of Actuaries International Newsletter, 76, p. 15-17 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

Open Access

Disrupting Finance FinTech and Strategy in the 21st Century. Book Chapter: InsurTech

Farrell, M., Cortis, D., Debono, J. & Debattista, J., 01 Mar 2019, Disrupting Finance FinTech and Strategy in the 21st Century.. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 71-82 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
  • Moderating Influences on the ERM Maturity-Performance Relationship

    Farrell, M. & Gallagher, R., 01 Feb 2019, In : Research in International Business and Finance. 47, p. 616-628 13 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Wearables and the internet of things: considerations for the life and health insurance industry

    Farrell, M., Spender, A., Bullen, C., Altmann-Richer, L., Cripps, J., Duffy, R., Falkous, C., Horn, T., Wigzell, J. & Yeap, W., 18 Jul 2019, In : British Actuarial Journal. 24, 22, 24 E22.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 111 Downloads (Pure)

    A Conceptual Model for Pricing Health and Life Insurance Using Wearable Technology

    McCrea, M. & Farrell, M., 17 Dec 2018, In : Risk Management and Insurance Review. 21, 3, p. 389-411 23 p., 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Geoffrey Heywood Prize for 2019

    Mark Farrell (Recipient), 07 Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • QUB Faculty Research Initiatives Fund Award

    Mark Farrell (Recipient), 15 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Scor Actuarial Award for best paper (awarded to dissertation student: Michael McCrea)

    Mark Farrell (Recipient), 10 Nov 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Suee Chieh Tan

    Mark Farrell (Host)
    08 Oct 201909 Oct 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

    Paul McNicholas

    Mark Farrell (Host)
    10 Oct 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    External and Independent Examiner (PG & UG Actuarial Programmes)

    Mark Farrell (Examiner)
    01 Sep 2018 → …

    Activity: Examination typesPGT external examination

    School Visits (Loreto GS, Christian Brothers & Omagh Academy) and talks given on Actuarial Science

    Mark Farrell (Advisor)
    22 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Presentation at QMS Finance Seminar Series: "Insurtech, Wearables & Adverse Selection"

    Mark Farrell (Advisor)
    21 Jan 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Can InsurTech Rescue Insurance?

    Mark Farrell


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other