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TRIGGER – TRends In Global Governance and Europe’s Role

TRIGGER is a research consortium funded by the EU’s H2020 framework for research and innovation.  It is composed of 14 partners, including four non-EU countries:



  • Centre for European Policy Studies, Belgium (Co-ordinator)
  • Asotsciatsia Evropuli Gamokvlevebi Saqartvelos Inovaciuri Ganvitarebistvis, Georgia
  • Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales, Argentina
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Elinkeinoelämän tutkimuslaitos Kannatusyhdistys, Finland
  • Euro – Mediterranean Economists Association, Spain
  • European University Institute, Italy
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Institution Eurasian Institute of International Relations, Kyrgyzstan
  • Istituto di Studi per l’Integrazione dei Sistemi – Società Cooperativa, Italy
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação – Consultadoria empresarial e fomento da Inovação S. A., Portugal
  • Technische Universität München, Germany

Starting in December 2018, the ultimate objectives of TRIGGER are to provide EU institutions with 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, thereby also tackling emerging trends such as nationalism, regionalism and protectionism. These overall objectives are designed to be measurable, realistic and achievable within the 36-month duration of the project.

TRIGGER will achieve its objectives thanks to the combined effort of four research sub-groups:

  • a group focused on global and EU governance, which will create an unprecedented Atlas of Global Governance REGulation and Europe’s AcTORness (AGGREGATOR);
  • a group focused on the relationship between governance and emerging technologies;
  • a group dedicated to strategic foresight and public engagement, which will use new techniques such as AI-enabled sentiment analysis and innovative public engagement methods to develop a tool on Co-Creating the European Union (COCTEAU); and
  • a group specialised in dissemination and communication.

All major deliverables will eventually merged into a toolkit dedicated to Public Engagement for Responsive and Shared EU Strategies (PERSEUS), which will be released at month 36 of the project.

Within the project consortium, Gaby Umbach leads the research pillar on global governance and EU actorness which contributes to the development of the new ‘Atlas of Global Governance REGulation and Europe’s AcTORness’ (AGGREGATOR).