TiGRE White Paper now released

The TiGRE team is eager to share its final results and key achievements by releasing its White Paper!

This 10-pages document provides a synthesis of the main TiGRE findings and develops scenarios and recommendations to maintain and restore trust in the area of regulatory governance.

It is available for download here.

TiGRE Final Video Book just published

The TiGRE project investigates under which conditions regulatory regimes are trusted and provides a comprehensive view of trust dynamics, their drivers and their political and socio-economic effects.

As the TiGRE project slowly comes to an end, its major findings and their practical implications for policy are presented in short video clips, collected in the form of a video book comprising 7 chapters with a total of 31 clips. The video book is accessible using this direct link.

The videos were recorded during the TiGRE 8th Consortium Meeting on 22 March 2023 at the University of Antwerp (except for the Chapter VI video clips): enjoy watching them!

TiGRE final conference just launched

Join us at the TiGRE final conference! It is organised as a satellite event of the 2023 Biennial Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance (“RegGov2023”, 12-14 July 2023, University of Antwerp).

The TiGRE final conference is launched today with a keynote presentation given by Prof. Martino Maggetti (University of Lausanne, TiGRE coordinator). During the keynote, the key research findings from the TiGRE consortium’s studies of trust relationships in governance will be presented. This includes findings on if and how trust and distrust can coexist, how (dis)trust and cooperation link with the functioning of the regulatory regime, how accountability, transparency, and participation affect regulatory trust dynamics, how to explain citizens’ trust dynamics, etc.

The keynote will be followed by a panel debate with David Levi-Faur (HUJI) and Martha Baxter (OECD, TiGRE external advisor) among others, to discuss the relevance of TiGRE findings for science and policy. The panellists will get the opportunity to discuss and reflect, considering how the TiGRE findings resonate with their own work and how they would build on those findings in their future work.

In addition to the keynote presentation and panel debate, six panels covering 15 TiGRE-related papers will be organised during the three-days conference.

For more info, check out the RegGov2023 conference brochure, incl. the full programme and a dedicated section on the TiGRE final conference with an overview of TiGRE-related activities (download link).

TiGRE at the PMRC 2023 conference

The Utrecht School of Governance (USG) within the Utrecht University is hosting the PMRC 2023 conference on 27-30 June 2023.

The Public Management Research Conference (PMRC) is the foremost gathering of public management experts in the world. For this 2023 event, the conference organisers have prepared an exciting programme, with large number of workshops and panels sessions spread over 4 days, and expect to welcome about 300 participants!

TiGRE is nicely represented at this conference. In particular, Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen (Aarhus University) and Marija Aleksovska (Utrecht University) chair a TiGRE-related panel entitled "Managing and Organizing for Enhancing and Rebuilding Trust in Government Agencies". In times where typically "high trust" countries experience declining trust in government organisations, this panel sheds light on new approaches to investigating whether and how government agencies’ degree of independence and behaviours affect citizens and other important stakeholders' trust.

In addition, Marija Aleksovska, Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen and Thomas Schillemans (Utrecht University) will present their conference paper: "Silence speaks volumes: How does regulatory communication affect citizens’ trust?".

TiGRE 3rd policy brief

TiGRE has just released its third policy brief entitled "How can regulatory agencies build and repair citizens’ trust?”.

This new policy brief discusses strategies that regulatory agencies can use to foster and repair citizens’ trust in their work. These strategies are based on the findings from focus groups conducted with citizens from six European countries, and a survey experiment with Danish citizens.

Check out this policy brief to learn more on (i) the key characteristics for the regulators to be perceived as trustworthy by citizens and (ii) the courses of action to be taken by regulators to restore citizens’ trust in case of negative media coverage of incident of regulatory failure.

You can download the policy brief by clicking here: enjoy reading!

PhD course organised by ARENA - UiO

The ARENA Centre for European Studies, at the University of Oslo (UiO, TiGRE partner), is offering a PhD course on "A differentiated Europe and its implications", which will be held on 12-16 June 2023 as a hybrid event (both in Oslo and online).

For more info on the course content and learning outcome, check out the course webpage.

The course is open for students enrolled in Norwegian PhD programmes as well as international PhD candidates.

The deadline for application is extended until 14 May 2023. The application form is available here.

ERC Advanced Grant for David Levi-Faur

The TiGRE team is proud to announce that Prof. David Levi-Faur, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), is one of the Principal Investigators selected for funding for the ERC Advanced Grants 2022!

As part of the RegTrust ERC project, Prof. David Levi-Faur will initiate research studies on "Intermediation and Trust in the Regulatory State: More Regulation, Less Trust?" which partly relate to research questions initially addressed within the TiGRE project.

Congratulations and our best wishes for the RegTrust team!

Research on Trust: “Cross-Cluster” & “Cross-Generational” Event

On 21 April 2023, the European Commission organised a piloting event with a new “cross-cluster” & “cross-generational” format around research on trust.

Projects invited to this online meeting are part of the clusters “Representative democracy in flux”, “The future of democracy and participation”, and the three H2020 projects from the cluster “Trust in governance” that are about to finish, including TiGRE.

The UNIL team gladly represented TiGRE at this event, and shared their experience as H2020-funded project with the new cohort of Horizon projects millésime 2022 which have just kicked-off. The meeting was also the opportunity for networking, to get to know each other and identify common areas of interest.

TiGRE 2nd Stakeholder Forum meeting & "TiGRE White Paper" workshop

On 23 March 2023, the TiGRE consortium organised its second Stakeholder Forum meeting in order to present the key research findings from our studies of trust relationships in governance. The meeting, held both in Brussels and online, gathered various practitioners and stakeholders whose inputs and feedback were collected during lively round tables.

The Stakeholder Forum meeting was followed by a two-hours public workshop entitled "TiGRE White Paper". During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon the innovative policy design and tools developed within the project, i.e. criteria, indicators and scenarios on trust levels.

The stakeholders' inputs were valuable for refining the TiGRE White Paper which will integrate the research findings and be published in the second half of 2023. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can download the presentation slides on the event webpage

TiGRE Consortium Meeting CM8

The TiGRE consortium had its 8th Consortium Meeting on 22 March, hosted by the University of Antwerp!

During this one-day meeting, we planned the final steps over the last six months in TiGRE and discussed how to integrate the key project results in scientific publications, policy briefs, white paper etc. in order to maximise outreach and impact of our research.

In line with this strategy, most of the participants contributed to the video shooting which ran in parallel of the scientific meeting. The goal is to get a set of short videos presenting the key results of the project, main challenges, use for practitioners and other stakeholders, next steps after TiGRE etc.

Videos will be released soon: stay tuned!

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870722 (TiGRE).