Spatial Foresight


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Spatial Foresight GmbH is a Luxembourg-based company which provides territorial policy support and research. The fields of activity comprise:

  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Process facilitation
  • Strategy development
  • Training and dissemination
  • Territorial foresight processes
  • European and comparative studies

The principle idea is to bring together territorial development and policy processes with foresight oriented approaches. Foresight encompasses a range of approaches that combine strategic analysis, prospective forward thinking and process oriented dialogical work. Using these approaches for the processes shaping our territories will facilitate a better understanding of how to best capitalise on territorial development potentials.


The latest news about new projects, publications and forthcoming presentations by the Spatial Foresight team:

NEW EVENT: Spatial Foresight at the European Week of Regions and Cities

Spatial Foresight is organising the interactive session ‘Towards a European Territorial Reference Framework’ at the European Week for Regions and Cities. It is linked to the on-going ESPON study on a European Territorial Reference Framework, supporting the development of the Territorial Agenda for Europe post 2020.

Inspiring introductions by Ilona Raugze and Andreu Ulied will be followed by participatory discussions on the future transformations of European territories, on how to influence the change, on how to address social and geographical fragmentation, and on how to contribute to a better territorial balance in Europe.

The session will take place the 10 October 2018 at 9:30.

Registrations are open under this link:

July 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Assessment of the application of the EGTC regulation

Spatial Foresight carried out the evaluation of the amended EGTC regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1302/2013) on behalf of DG Regio. The publication sheds light on the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, European added value and scope for simplification of the EGTC regulation as it is currently in place. The evaluation was based on information collected in the framework of the recent EGTC monitoring report.

The assessment illustrates that the application of the EGTC instrument was made easier, but there remains room for improvement. For example, the potentials of EGTC could be promoted more by EU Funds; access to ETC Funds through pre-financing schemes could be improved; more consistent interpretation and application of the EGTC regulation; introduction of regular updated to responsible authorities and European institutions; better promotion in the Member States regarding sector policies.

The final report is available for download here.

July 2018

NEW PROJECT: Simplification measures in the Cohesion policy proposals for 2021-2027 and impact of the CoR political work

The CoR’s Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) has decided to prepare on opinion on the recently published legislative proposals for European Structural and Investment Funds by the European Commission. Spatial Foresight will support the European Committee of Regions (CoR) with preparing their opinion on the Common Provision Regulation proposal by the European Commission.

In preparation of this opinion COTER would like to know to what extent their previous opinions and recommendations have been taken on board as well as to what extent the new proposals for simplification affect local and regional authorities.

July 2018

NEW PROJECT: RE-CITY - reviving shrinking cities

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant for a research project focusing on finding new ways of maintaining or improving the quality of life in shrinking cities. On one hand, Spatial Foresight’s role will consist of supporting the research by providing inputs from the practical field and organising workshops. On the other hand, Spatial Foresight will host one of the PhD students by offering a placement with a practical focus.

The RE-CITY project perceives shrinkage as an opportunity in the years to come. Hence, the RE-CITY project aims at finding creative and innovative solutions to these types of cities, that could be then incorporated into new interdisciplinary concepts in urban planning. To do so, the project promotes young scientists. Within the framework of a graduate school, 13 PhD students will conduct research in the project's international network from April 2019.

July 2018

NEW PROJECT: Interreg Europe evaluation

Spatial Foresight, together with Technopolis and Eure Consult, will carry out the intermediate evaluation of the Interreg Europe programme.

The evaluation consists of two separate lots: the first one refers to the operational evaluation, and it will address the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme structures and procedures to administer, implement and manage the programme.
The second one focuses on the results evaluation of Interreg Europe, and it will tackle the progress made towards the achivements of the thematic specific objectives, and therefore the intervention logic of the programme.

July 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Why territorial foresight matters for policy-makers

Following up on the ESPON project “Possible Territorial Futures”, Spatial Foresight colleague Frank Holstein has set out different arguments why territorial foresight is relevant for policy-makers in a blog. The article has been published in the futures platform blog.

During the ESPON project a new approach to territorial foresight has been developed. The approach allows policy makers to visualise and discuss the territorial impact of future events. In other words, where and to what extent would there be territorial balances and imbalances in the case of future events such as fully circular economy, a collapse of property markets and having a 100% renewable energy market?

The approach is particularly relevant for policy-makers for 1) identifying different impacts for different types of regions, 2) offering a platform to discuss uncertainties of trend development, 3) creating awareness and engaging players with different backgrounds on territorial impacts.

This way the newly developed and tested territorial foresight approach could function as a starting point to discuss and adapt policies to make them better fit for future.

The article can be read here.

June 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Use and intended use of Simplifid Cost Options in ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD

Spatial Foresight contributed together with t33 and Sweco to a study for DG Regio on the 'Use and intended use of Simplified Cost Options in ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD'. The objective of the study was twofold. First it carried out an e-survey among ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD managing authorities across all EU Member States to collect information about the use of SCOs. Then it aggregated, process and analysed the data collected through the e-survey and formulate conclusions and recommendations. The final report is now available for download here.

June 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: EUSBSR after 2020: Governance remastered?

Spatial Foresight conducted the study ‘EUSBSR after 2020: Governance remastered?’ in view of the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, 4th-5th June 2018. The study focused on the ‘Save the Sea’ objective of the EUSBSR, looking at what is done to implement it, as well as at who implements it and through which processes. By combining these two elements, the study provided some recommendations as food for thought for the discussions on the future of EUSBSR after 2020, vis à vis future trends and challenges. The results of the study will be presented by Kai Böhme and Maria Toptsidou at the I Plenary and at the seminar on ‘Taking a closer look: study on the EUSBSR’ of the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum, on 4th of June. The study can be downloaded here.

May 2018


Spatial Foresight has initiatited a discussion on possible futures for Europe. Given the increasing talks about stronger nation states and a weaker EU, we would like to stimulate some discussion about what Europe would look like if it were the other way around. Please feel free to submit your thoughts via our website:

August 2016