This is the first newsletter from the Permanent Observatory of Public Engagement (POPE), and it is dedicated to public engagement in the governance of sustainable development challenges and transformative technologies. It is made up of four articles that offer an overview of the project and how to increase public engagement in sustainability and responsible research innovation.

In addition, it highlights new opportunities for citizen engagement and empowerment with a discussion of the EU’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda, which contributes to the debate on shaping future scenarios was launched with the Reflection Paper, “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030”, published by the European Commission in January 2019.

Each edition of the POPE Newsletter will focus on a different knowledge area and will bring different articles and one interview with an expert in the specific thematic focus.

In this first edition, Article 1 explains what is POPE and its role inside TRIGGER project; Article 2 targets the Effective public engagement methods in sustainability field; Article 3 highlights new opportunities for citizen engagement and empowerment with a discussion of the EU’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda, which contributes to the debate on shaping future scenarios was launched with the Reflection Paper, “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030”, published by the European Commission in January 2019. And last but not least, Article 4 focuses on Public engagement in Responsible Research Innovation.

Interview with expert Andrea Renda of the
Centre for European Policy Studies

Article 1. “Introduction to the POPE observatory and the TRIGGER project”

The Permanent Observatory for Public Engagement (POPE) keeps an eye on the evolution of theories and tools for engagement, with a special focus on large-scale engagements, such as in making global decisions. POPE is part of the TRIGGER project, which is aimed at providing EU institutions with the knowledge and tools to enhance their actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance; and to develop new ways to harness the potential of public engagement and participatory foresight in complex governance decisions.

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Article 2. “Effective public engagement methods in sustainability field”

Public engagement is a recognized principle of governance for sustainability. The primary ambition and function of POPE-supported, sustainability-oriented public engagement is to develop new thinking, research, ideas, and policies that can help solve global problems – ubiquitous challenges that require the exchange of knowledge and practices. Tackling these effectively will require cooperation and coordination among several actors.

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Article 3. “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030: an opportunity for EU-wide public engagement”

The European Commission published a reflection paper, “Towards a sustainable Europe by 2030”, in January 2019. This paper presents the sustainable development challenges and the advantages from having the European Union as whole tackling them. It gives an overview of EU performance in reaching the UN sustainable development goals, of how it has addressed environmental challenges, the policy foundation in Europe for a sustainable future, the concept of a circular economy, how to ensure this transition and what are the possible scenarios for the future. Public engagement plays a crucial role in this transition towards sustainability, and this is explicitly reflected in the reflection paper.

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Article 4. “Public engagement in Responsible Research Innovation”

Public engagement is an essential part of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI). There are different methods for implementing this and one of them is the so-called Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) method. CBPR is a partnership approach to research that involves community members, who contribute to the research process with their expertise.

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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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