Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI)


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We are building a global research community dedicated to helping humanity navigate the transition to a world with advanced AI. Our work aims to define and map the field of AI governance, and address the most important and neglected research questions. Our fellowships, scholarships, and essay prizes support promising early-career researchers working on AI governance, and our research grants support established scholars. We run seminars and conferences to better connect the field of AI governance, and build a thriving global research community.

The Centre for the Governance of AI (GovAI) was founded in 2018, as part of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), and became an independent non-profit in 2021. The Centre is now led by Ben Garfinkel, who also holds the position of Research Fellow at FHI. Our core staff comprises an interdisciplinary team of policy experts and researchers. Our research affiliates work on a wide variety of domains, including China-US relations, strategic modelling, EU policy, and AI progress forecasting.

Our researchers have published in top peer-reviewed journals and conferences including Nature Machine Intelligence, International Organization, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Journal of Strategic Studies, AAAI AIES, and NeurIPS. We have published op-eds in The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, Nature Commentary, and Lawfare. Our research has also been covered by Bloomberg, Vox, Axios, MIT Technology Review, New York Times, the BBC, Reuters, and The Verge. Our researchers advise decision makers in private industry, civil society, and government. Our alumni have gone on to work at top AI labs including Deepmind and OpenAI; policy roles in the US government and the European Union; and think-tanks including the Center for Security and Emerging Technology and Our World in Data.