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. The TRIGGER consortium is composed of 14 partners, including four non-EU countries.

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 be merged into a toolkit dedicated to Public Engagement for Responsive and Shared EU Strategies (PERSEUS).


11/2018 − 11/2021


European Commission


  • CEPS − Centre for European Policy Studies
  • SPI − Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação
  • ISINNOVA − Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems
  • EPFL − Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
  • ETLA − Research Institute of the Finnish Economy
  • EUI − European University Institute
  • FUB − Freie Universität Berlin
  • TUM − Technical University of Munich
  • POLIMI − Politecnico Milano
  • ESIDG − Association European Studies for Innovative Development of Georgia
  • EMEA − Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association
  • EIMO − Eurasian Institute of International Affairs