The Center for the Governance of Change is an applied-research, educational and impact-oriented institution that seeks to enhance our ability to understand, anticipate, and manage innovation and its externalities in a variety of domains –political, economic, and societal.

Our world is spinning faster than ever. By 2030, nearly 50% of today’s jobs will be automated or outsourced; big data and AI will play a key role in every policy and decision-making process; three out of four companies currently on the S&P 500 list will no longer exist; life expectancy of babies born in the developed world will have surpassed 125 years; and democracy as a form of government could be questioned by half of western citizens.

These are just some of the many changes that our globalized and interconnected world will likely experience in the coming decades. Things are changing at a rate and in a scale that humankind has not experienced before. Consequently, the time that governments, companies, and individuals have to adapt has narrowed dramatically, making the understanding of change a major strategic advantage that every stakeholder should pursue.

With the aim of advancing that understanding, IE School of Global and Public Affairs has created The Center for the Governance of Change (CGC), an applied-research, educational and impact-oriented institution that will help governments and enterprises to foster technological innovation, and deal with the unexpected consequences that such innovations often bring, thereby allowing them to become more flexible and responsive institutions, capable of tackling the great challenges of our time. The ultimate goal of the CGC is to help build a more prosperous and sustainable society.

What we do


The Center hosts a number of transdisciplinary, and cutting-edge research programs designed to expand our understanding of some of the most pressing challenges of our time and generate policy options to tackle them.


The Center expands the teaching portfolio of IE by offering new undergraduate and graduate courses, executive programs and study tours to international enterprises interested in up-skilling their leadership.


The Center runs several outreach projects, including public conferences, open workshops, a lecture series at the South Summit, and an annual Venture Day on Gov Tech.

The CGC in four words:


We support cutting-edge, high-risk research projects that may not fit within conventional funding channels. We do this because we are convinced that the complexity and rate of change of today’s world requires risk taking on the part of academic institutions. We are not a traditional university research unit,  and we do not want to be one!


We invest in research that cuts across disciplines and methodologies, bringing together academics and practitioners from a wide range of fields –from Economy to Political Science, from Philosophy to Engineering. We do this because breaking intellectual boundaries is a prerequisite for understanding the complexity of our world.


Although based in Spain, the CGC addresses issues of a regional and global scale. In our interconnected world, there is no such a thing as ‘domestic issues’. Transnational and comparative perspectives are a must.


The future belongs to those who know how to collaborate and work together. The CGC works closely with a number of partners from both the public and the private sectors, including universities, think tanks, foundations, governments and international companies.