Centres of competence

Centre for Digital Governance

The Centre for Digital Governance is a hub for research, teaching and outreach exploring the implications of digital transformations on governance. We take a European governance approach to digitalisation, contributing to the development of good statesmanship in the digital age. The ultimate purpose of the Centre is to generate policy-relevant evidence enabling decision-makers to successfully face the challenges lying ahead.


Centre for Fundamental Rights

The Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School is a beacon and hub for impactful scholarly research, teaching, and outreach concerning the current and future challenges to human and fundamental rights. The centre engages with fundamental rights across local, domestic, regional and global governance.


Centre for International Security

The Centre for International Security at the Hertie School, established in 2016 under the leadership of Hertie School Professor Wolfgang Ischinger, aims to advance our understanding of the complex security challenges of the 21st century, particularly in Germany and Europe. Through teaching, the Centre for International Security educates a new generation of German, European and global experts in international security policy. The centre’s research provides much-needed expertise on the pressing security issues of today and tomorrow. It is a hub for academics, policymakers and other stakeholders seeking to advance the increasingly important debate on security policy among experts and the wider public.


Centre for Sustainability

The Centre for Sustainability was established in April 2021. It willexplore the environmental, economic, social and political dimensions of sustainability governance. Its goal is to enable a better understanding of the material and social conditions of long-term and universal human well-being, with a focus on multi-level governance options for maintaining them. As the world faces megatrends such as climate change and increasing inequality that pose threats to social stability in the future, the study of responsible governance is essential in the coming decades. Hence, the aim of the Centre is to advance social science research, public discourse and support the education of future leaders in global sustainability.


Jacques Delors Centre

Research which is scientifically grounded and able to reach into the public debate - that is what the EU's unprecedented challenges require. The Jacques Delors Centre at the Hertie School strives to achieve this by progressively integrating the School's academic research and the Jacques Delors Institut - Berlin's think tank work. Since its establishment in September 2018, the Delors Institute has gradually enhanced its profile in research, teaching and outreach.