The demands of citizens and public authorities for data and privacy protection, financial stability, product safety and traceability are constantly increasing. In such a context, all actors need to trust governance and regulatory regimes that their interests are safeguarded. However, recent scandals, such as major data leakages and privacy-threatening behaviour by Facebook, Google or Zoom for instance, have created threats for citizens’ trust in regulatory regimes.
In TiGRE, we believe that an optimal level of trust is a precondition and a consequence of well-functioning of regulatory regimes, which operate across different levels of governance for carrying out regulatory policies. In this context, we will investigate under which conditions regulatory regimes are trusted by analysing the interactions between the involved actors. We aim to draw a more encompassing picture of trust dynamics and understand their drivers as well as their political and socio-economic effects.
TiGRE is a multidisciplinary research project which benefits from the expertise of nine top-level universities and research centres and one SME, from nine different countries, bringing together a broad range of theoretical and methodological skills. TiGRE receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project started on 1 January 2020 and will run until 30 June 2023.