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:

To learn more about our work, you can read our annual reports from 2016-2020.

News and current activities

New report on collision risk from space debris

In our latest report, we characterise the collision risk posed by space debris, explain the current response strategy and offer a range of possible new management strategies.

EPFL works to address debris collision risk

Read about our collaborative project with EPFL’s eSpace and Space Innovation centres studying the governance of risks related to space debris.

IRGC News

Read the latest news, insights, presentations and media coverage about the EPFL International Risk Governance Center.

Key links

Concepts and frameworks

At the core of IRGC 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.

Publications

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.


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