About The Center for the Governance of Change

The Center for the Governance of Change (CGC) is an applied-research, educational institution based at IE University that studies the political, economic, and societal implications of the current technological revolution and advances solutions to overcome its unwanted effects.

The CGC does so by producing pioneering impact-oriented research that cuts across disciplines and methodologies to unveil the complexity of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Blockchain, and Robotics, and explore its potential threats and contributions to society.

Moreover, the CGC also runs a number of executive programs on emerging tech for public institutions and companies interested in expanding their understanding of disruptive trends, and a series of outreach activities aimed at improving the general public’s awareness and agency over the coming changes. All this for one purpose: to help building a more prosperous and sustainable society for all.

What we do


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


The Center expands IE’s teaching portfolio by offering new undergraduate and graduate courses, executive programs and study tours for professionals interested in up-skilling their leadership.


The Center actively engages in public debate at an international level. It runs several outreach projects, including public conferences, open workshops and lectures series.

Our Partners

The CGC in four words:


We support cutting-edge, high-risk research projects that might not necessarily fit within conventional funding channels. We do this because we are convinced that the complexity and rate of change in today’s world requires risk taking on the part of academic institutions. We are not a traditional university research unit, nor do we 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 economics and political science, to philosophy and engineering. We do this because breaking intellectual boundaries is a prerequisite for understanding the complexity of our world.


Even though the CGC is based in Spain, it nonetheless addresses issues on both a regional and global scale. Domestic issues are no longer applicable in our interconnected world, rendering transnational and comparative perspectives a must.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.


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