Centres of competence

Centre for International Security Policy

The Centre for International Security Policy (CISP) at the Hertie School of Governance, 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, CISP educates a new generation of German, European and global experts in international security policy. CISP’s research provides much-needed expertise on the pressing security issues of today and tomorrow. CISP 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.


Digital governance

The Centre for Digital Governance is currently under development.

The Centre for Digital Governance will engage in research and public debate on the interactions between digitalisation and governance. Digital governance requires a solid understanding of the interplay between government, business and society, as augmented by the principles of inclusiveness, equity, safety and efficiency. The ultimate purpose of the centre is to generate policy relevant evidence that will inform decision-making relevant for successful digital transformation.


Fundamental rights

The Centre for Fundamental Rights is currently under development.

The Centre for Fundamental Rights will be a hub for interdisciplinary research, outreach and teaching focused on the place of human and fundamental rights in domestic, regional and global governance. Its core goal will be to explore how fundamental rights limit and enable democratic politics domestically and within the context of global governance practices of the 21st century. The centre’s location in Germany’s capital will make it a first ‘point of call’ for researchers, policymakers, and civil society groups interested in normative and legal debates about fundamental rights.


Jacques Delors Institute Berlin - Centre for European Affairs

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 Institute Berlin - Centre for European Affairs at the Hertie School of Governance 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.



The Centre for Sustainability is currently under development

The Centre for Sustainability will explore the environmental, economic, social and political dimensions of sustainability governance. It will 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. The centre will focus on developed countries and their role in global sustainability. Its aim is to advance social science research, public discourse and support the education of future leaders in global sustainability.