EnTrust – Enlightened Trust in Governance

EnTrust is a multidisciplinary and international research project dedicated to provide novel insights into trust and distrust in governance and measures to support sustainable and democratic societies in Europe. It consists of a consortium of seven research

teams from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Serbia with expertise in sociology, psychology, political science, media and communication studies, as well as a civil society practitioner active at the EU level.


Our latest European Policy Briefs provide evidence-based policy recommendations and new insights about dis/trust contestation and building in the media and the role of disinformation and media freedom (European Policy Brief IV) and regarding the formation of (political) trust and distrust throughout different life stages, thus accounting for the developmental-psychological foundations of trust in governance […]

A Europe We Trust: visions of European youth Are you a young person aged 13 – 19 and living in Europe? Do you have a vision for the future of Europe that you would like to share? If so, take part in EnTrust’s creative contest, ‘A Europe We Trust: visions of European youth’. What can […]

For our International Conference “Trust and Distrust in Governance: Exploring the Impact of Social and Political Dynamics” at the University of Siena (Italy) from 28-29 September 2023, registration for conference observation is now open. Please register by sending an email to entrust@uni-siegen.de by 15 September 2023. You may find more detailled information about the conference […]


Trust and Distrust in Governance: Exploring the Impact of Social and Political Dynamics International Conference organised by the EU-funded EnTrust project September 28-29, 2023 – University of Siena, Italy Find the updated conference programme here. Trust in governance is considered a pivotal element for democracy. In light of multiple and interrelated crises of recent years […]

Tracing (Dis)Trust in the Run Up to the European Elections: Adult and Youth Attitudes towards Governments and Institutions 28 June 2023 | 10:30 – 12:00 CET | Online Join us for this roundtable discussion that delves into the attitudes of youth and adults towards governments and institutions at different levels of governance, with a specific […]

How can the EU fight (partisan) Disinformation and Hate Speech and protect Media Freedom and Human Rights? The EnTrust project invites you to online expert roundtables about trustworthy media on 9 February 2023 from 16:00 to 18:00 (CET) with selected stakeholders from European governance institutions, media organisations, civil society and academia. In the last years, […]