TRIGGER – H2020 project

The TRIGGER project (2019-2021) aims to  provide EU institutions with knowledge and tools to enhance their actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance. It will 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.


  • Advance the state of the art in understanding global governance
  • Scrutinize the evolution of 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 / weaken global governance and cooperation
  • Build capacity for strategic foresight and public engagement inside EU institutions

Within the project consortium, Marie-Valentine Florin leads the research pillar on “governance and technologies: interrelations and opportunities“:

  • Understand how emerging technologies and governance interact. For example: how distributed ledger technologies are used by governments or public administrations
  • Analyze new developments and current trends in the governance of and by various emerging technologies. For example: initiatives to regulate AI and to use AI for automating decision making
  • Examine how these technologies contribute to shaping the EU policy agenda and new modes of governance. For example: new forms of citizen consultation might substitute or complement institutional democracy
  • Develop policy recommendations in the fields of open source standards, distributed ledger (blockchain) technologies, and artificial intelligence (machine learning).

More specifically, we will:

  • Develop new knowledge around the global governance (e.g. regulation) of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies
  • Develop new knowledge of how global governance can be shaped by technology, by analysing the actual and potential contribution of such technologies in the design, implementation and enforcement of global governance agreements.

In partnership with TUM, ETLA and CEPS, and in addition to providing specific insights and recommendations for each emerging technology, IRGC@EPFL will develop generic principles and guidelines for a possible overarching governance framework for emerging technologies, considering their potentially far-reaching consequences on the governance of society and the economy.

TRIGGER is designed to have an impact on various categories of stakeholders:

  • Academic researchers from various fields
  • Policymakers in the EU and member states, national/local governments and partner countries
  • Non-state actors (industry and business) in the EU and beyond
  • The general public, through an extensive dissemination and communications plan.