The mission of the Centre on Governance (COG) is to better understand governance phenomena as well as contemporary administrative and policy problems affecting governmental and non-governmental actors. To achieve its mission, the COG produces, mobilizes and teaches knowledge based on both basic research and more applied research in order to improve the functioning of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the design and implementation of public policies. The COG's knowledge mobilization plan is based on five axes:
- Development of internal and external partnerships
- Organization of academic events (conferences, seminars, lunch talks)
- Publication of knowledge (publication of academic journals and research papers)
- Professional training (online and face-to-face training activities and development of a series of educational videos on governance).
- Support for early-career faculty and graduate students.
The COG's activities are structured around eight main research themes:
- Management and public governance
- Governance of cultural policies
- Urban and territorial governance
- Governance of social policies
- Public financial governance
- University governance
- Federalism and multilevel governance
- Global governance