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

International Governance Issues on Climate Engineering

Based on a review of technologies for carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation modification, this report develops options for international governance and specific research needs.

Transition risk governance

Our latest “Spotlight on risk” article focuses on the transition to a low-carbon economy and society. It highlights seven areas where adverse impacts are likely and where attention is required to smoothen the transition.

IRGC News

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

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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.