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TRIGGER Newsletter #1

May 2019


The project aims at providing EU institutions with knowledge and tools to enhance their actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance. Developing new ways to harness the potential of public engagement and participatory foresight in complex governance decisions.

TRIGGER specific objectives are:

  • Advance the state of the art in understanding global governance;
  • Evolution of the EU’s interaction with global governance, in particular so-called “actorness” and “effectiveness” of the EU;
  • Understand how global governance and emerging technologies interact, and what role the EU plays in this respect, in particular as “regulatory superpower”;
  • Identify emerging trends that strengthen / loosen deeper global governance and cooperation;
  • Build capacity for strategic foresight and public engagement inside EU institutions.


Word from the Coordinator

Dear Readers,

While Europe prepares for very uncertain elections and reflects on its future strategy in an age of deteriorating global governance and mounting challenges such as climate, migration and cyberwarfare, the TRIGGER consortium is reflecting on how the EU can strengthen its “actorness” and effectiveness in a variety of domains. This is, in a nutshell, what the TRIGGER project is about: creating scenarios for that the European Commission recently called a “more united, stronger and more democratic Union in an increasingly uncertain world”, a scenario in which the EU promotes “global governance based on the core values of human rights, rule of law, sustainable development, multilateralism and the respect for international humanitarian law” (see Commission’s contribution to the EU’s strategic agenda 2019-2024, May 2019).

This extremely topical task mirrors the mission of our TRIGGER project. We are proud to represent a community of researchers from very different walks of life: economists, lawyers, computer scientists, design thinkers, foresight experts, political scientists. In addition to our consortium, we have put together a stellar scientific committee, covering all these disciplines at the highest possible level. We are now ready to start producing research on multi-level governance, differentiated integration and private governance in the EU. And to kickstart parallel tracks on how the EU is shaping governance in digital technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. By the summer we will be playing with the first versions of our AGGREGATOR dataset and building scenarios for the future of global governance thanks to our foresight gurus.

This is the first issue of our Newsletter, through which we aim to keep you updated on our research achievement in the coming months. The TRIGGER website can also keep you posted in real time on what we are doing, and all related activities and events.

We hope you enjoy it. Let's stay in touch!

Andrea Renda


TRIGGER Kick-Off Meeting

10 December 2018 saw the kick-off meeting (KoM) of TRIGGER – Trends in Global Governance and Europe’s Role. The KoM took place at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) premises in Brussels, Belgium. All partners were present in the meeting, of which the main objective was to prepare and plan the forthcoming activities of the project, alongside getting to know each other, defining responsibilities, and discussing important methodological and practical details for the project implementation. 

Dr. Andreas Obermaier, Project Adviser from the European Commission (EC) attended the meeting and presented the main expectations from the EC about TRIGGER. The meeting was conducted by Dr. Andrea Renda, the coordinator of TRIGGER project.


2nd Consortium Meeting

Back-to-back with CEPS Ideas Lab, on 21 February 2019, the TRIGGER consortium members and some of the Scientific Committee members held the 2nd Consortium Meeting. Its main objective was to present the current state of the project and to discuss the most important activities and methods with the Scientific Committee.

Helping the EU win the trust game

The first blogpost by Prof. Andrea Renda
There is no doubt that the world is going through troubled times. The past decades have seen positive, breath-taking developments such as the rise of globalization and the advent of the Internet age, the gradual reduction of poverty and a dramatic increase in life expectancy, also thanks to unprecedented deployment of infrastructure, scientific breakthroughs and…..

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Andrea Renda on Helping the EU Win the Trust Game

It is clear that trust in both private and public institutions has deteriorated, as citizens and civil society increasingly fail to see either of them providing concrete solutions to their problems.



Centre for European Policy Studies



Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research



Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação




Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems



Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne



Research Institute of the Finnish Economy




European University Institute



Freie Universität Berlin



Technical University of Munich




Politecnico Milano






Euro Mediterranean Economists Association





Eurasian Institute of International Affairs






Our brand-new website (https://trigger-project.eu/) provides high-end information and scientific resources related to the project, for example:

  • Resources:
  •   Working papers
  •   Videos
  •   Webinars
  •   Infographics
  •   Deliverables
  •   Public/Official reports
  •   References
  •   Other
  • Tools & Apps
  • Blog

As the project only kicked off in December 2018, the resources section will be constantly updated – stay tuned. This includes the Tools & Apps section, to which will be added the databases and applications produced during the project implementation.
In the resources section, and more specifically in the References sub-section, you can find the most relevant scientific publications already produced by the project partners, categorised by the main subjects related to the core themes of TRIGGER:


Umbach, Gaby/GlobalStat Team (2019): GlobalStat – Database on Developments in a Globalised World, 2.0 – new website developed jointly with the OECD: globalstat.eu.

Cafaggi, F. and A. Renda (2014). Measuring the Effectiveness of Transnational Private Regulation (October 3, 2014). Available at SSRN:http://ssrn.com/abstract=2508684 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2508684.


Renda, A. (2016) Selecting and Designing ICT Innovation Policies in Europe, report for the JRC, 2016. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/eur-scientific-and-technical-research-reports/selecting-and-designing-european-ict-innovation-policies

Renda, A. (2016), Regulation and R&I policies. Comparing approaches in Europe and the U.S. Special Report for the European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation. At https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/8a29aa3b-50e8-4688-b0e3-ca0bf0909640/language-en

ESIR Memorandum I, 2018. Towards a Mission-Oriented Research and Innovation Policy in the EU, at https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/an_esir_memorandum-towards_a_mission-oriented_research-and-innovation_policy_in_the_european_union-executive_summary.pdf

Meet The Scientific Committee

Nicholas Ashford

Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of the Technology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric Brousseau

Professor of Economics and Management at the University Paris-Dauphine

James Dator

Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nicolas Davis

Head of Society and Innovation at the World Economic Forum

Enrico Giovannini

Full professor at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, former Minister of Labour and Social Policies in Italy (2013-2014)

Jairus Grove

Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii Manoa - Department of Political Science

Sohail Inayatullah

Associate Professor at Mt Eliza Executive Education and Melbourne Business School
Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Faculty of Social Sciences and the Arts)

Yang Jian

Vice President and Senior Fellow at the SIIS
Director of the Institute for International Organization and Global Governance at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Donald Kalff

Member of the board of the Dutch chapter of Transparency International

Céline Kauffmann

Deputy Head of the Regulatory Policy Division in the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate

Peter Ladegaard

Global Lead on Regulatory Policy and Management for the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice

Ingeborg Niestroy

Associate for IISD’s Knowledge for Integrated Decisions program

Beth Simone Noveck

Professor at NYU’s Tandin School of Engineering

Andrea Ordonez

Director of Southern Voice

Kenneth Oye

Professor of Political Science and Data Systems and Society and Director of the Program on Emerging Technologies

Jacques Pelkmans

Professor of economics at the European University Institute in Florence

Ingo Peters

Associated professor at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science of Freie Universität Berlin and Dean of Studies of the Department of Political and Social Sciences

Claudio M. Radaelli

Professor of Public Policy at UCL

Ivo Slaus

Honorary President of the World Academy of Art and Science
Dean of Dag Hammarskjold University College of International Relations (Zagreb)

Luc Soete

Rector Magnus and professor of International Economic Relations at the Dutch School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University

Jonathan B. Wiener

Professor at the Law School, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Sanford School of Public Policy, at Duke University

Fang Xiao

Director of Department for General Affairs, research fellow of Institute for International Strategic Studies and Centre for European Studies at Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS).

Yeo Lay Hwee

Director of the European Union Centre in Singapore

Xue Lan

Cheung Kong Chair Professor and Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM) at Tsinghua University in China

John Zysman

Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley and co-founder of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy

Christian Bason

Chief Executive of the Danish Design Centre


Sustainability in the Age of Platforms: High-level Workshop

11th June 2019

CEPS, the Academy of Internet Finance of Zhejiang University and the Emerging Market Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are organising a high-level workshop on the challenges and the opportunities posed by digital platforms when it comes to sustainability.

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Cybersecurity, Digital Governance and the Search for Technological Leadership

14th May 2019

Chip wars, competition on artificial intelligence and the transition to the fifth generation of mobile networks (5G) are often portrayed as a race between economic systems and between companies. Standards are in flux and geopolitical concerns are growing along with fears of a splintering of the global trading system. Is the United States in an escalating technological cold war with China?

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EUI State of the Union

2-4 May 2019

The 2019 edition of The State of the Union will have a special emphasis on 21st-Century Democracy in Europe, a theme of particular relevance in the run-up to the European elections at the end of May 2019.

Expert speakers representing a broad range of organisations, countries and views will debate and reflect on the democratic functioning of the European Union, its member states, and their capacity to respond to the aspirations and needs of future generations. Participation in The State of the Union 2019 is on an invite-only basis.

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GlobalStat Platform

GlobalStat is a project of the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute – a partner of the TRIGGER Project. GlobalStat is a public information tool for users around the world that offers a large amount of statistical data free of charge from international sources for all 193 UN member states, from 1960 to present day. It focuses on the economic, environmental, political, social, and cultural performance of nations and its ultimate aim is to provide information about the way human beings live, the freedoms they enjoy and the limitations they face. Check here the work of Gaby Umbach – a team member of TRIGGER:

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TRIGGER project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 822735. This newsletter reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that maybe made of the information it contains.


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