Department Governance – Bringing Politics and Technology Together

Under the motto of "Bringing Politics and Technology Together", the Department Governance of the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology examines the interactions among politics, economy, society, and technology, seeking a multi- and transdisciplinary social scientific understanding of these interactions.

Due to rapid technological changes, technology now plays a key – and often defining – role in just about every field of politics. New forms of data analysis, for example, hold previously unimaginable promise for better-informed, less error-prone decisions by public policymakers and private sector decision makers. At the same time, they intensify long-standing concerns about privacy and carry new risks, which modern societies expect legislatures and regulators to address. For climate, environment, and energy policies, for example, technological innovations will be crucial, but so will societal and political choices regarding their use. Digital media and other forms of e-governance have created entirely new channels for political participation – and for using technology for political ends.

The TUM School of Governance (from Oct 1 Department Governance) was founded on January 1, 2017 as the newest of the 14 departments of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). It hosts the Bavarian School of Public Policy (Hochschule für Politik München) and works closely with the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS). The Department Governance conducts research and offers courses on the causes and consequences of technological change in areas such as internet governance, energy, the environment, the global governance of product and financial markets, climate change, big data, international organizations, food safety, data security and mobility, political theory, justice, and ethics, competition law and policy, as well as broader questions of politics and society.

In addition to courses in core areas of social sciences, we offer our students opportunities to learn, for example, how politics can shape the development of technology and how technology shapes policies and politics. The Deparment Governance is dedicated to educating the next generation of social scientists using innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in cooperation with other TUM departments.