The DTI project relies on a consortium of partners from different regions of the world. The open structure of the project allows accounting for different perspectives on digital trade integration, while also supporting the sustainability of the project over time through a decentralized data collection process.

The project was originally sponsored by CIVICA, an alliance of leading European higher education institutions in the social sciences, and brought together scholars who distinguished themselves in research on legal, technical, and human rights topics related to the digital economy.

The academic initiative has evolved with a fruitful partnership with the European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), the Trade and Investment in Services Associates (TIISA), the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO), and the School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies at Teesside University (SCEDT).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017201as well as from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


The project is coordinated by Prof. Martina F. Ferracane at the European University Institute with the support of Simón González and Tomás Rogaler Wilson.

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The DTI project is one of the winning projects selected under the first call for CIVICA Research’s collaborative research projects. CIVICA Research brings together researchers from eight leading European universities in the social sciences to contribute knowledge and solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The project aims to strengthen the research & innovation pillar of the European University alliance CIVICA. CIVICA Research is co-funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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