International Risk Governance Center IRGC

The EPFL International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to extending knowledge about the increasingly complex, uncertain and ambiguous risks that affect society. We develop risk governance strategies that focus on involving all key stakeholder groups, including citizens, governments, businesses and academia.

Our work is rooted in the IRGC Risk Governance Framework, as well as subsequent frameworks that we developed to apply more specifically to the governance of emerging and systemic risks. We assess how these frameworks can be applied to a wide range of specific risk domains, and in recent years we have focused increasingly on risks associated with emerging technologies.

The following are among the areas we are currently working on:

News and current activities

Risk governance for deepfakes

In this new report, we set out the key risks posed by algorithmically fabricated digital content and we outline 15 potential technological, legal and societal responses.

Critical infrastructure resilience

This new policy brief examines the positive feedback loops that can exist between insurance and resilience, with a particular focus on risks that affect critical infrastructure.

New Academic Director appointed

We are delighted to announce that Professor James Larus, Dean of the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences, is the new IRGC Academic Director.

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Concepts and frameworks

At the core of IRGC’s work is a series of governance frameworks, which provide guidance in areas such as risk assessment, emerging and systemic risks, and resilience-building.

Specific risk domains

With a view to filling risk-governance deficits in important sectors, IRGC regularly convenes interdisciplinary expert groups to identify key risks and possible responses.


IRGC produces a wide range of publications, covering both our overarching governance frameworks as well as the outcomes of our work in specific risk domains.