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 PUBLICATION: Cross-border public services across Europe

ESPON recently published the final reports of the ESPON Cross-border services project which was led by Spatial Foresight. The project resulted in several publications available on the ESPON webpage -

The Final Report provides an overview of the EU inventory of cross-border public services, their rationales and benefits. Based on European wide data collection on cross-border public services including all internal and external EU borders, the first inventory of such services has been developed covering nine policy fields.

Ten Case Study Reports show more in-depth insights into selected services in view of the actual solutions found.

Good Practice collection summarises the main features for about 30 existing services, which shows how challenges and solutions differ not only at different borders but between policy fields.

Finally, a Practical Guide, developed together with practioners from the case study regions describes and structures the main steps towards developing cross-border public services for any of the policy fields addressed.

March 2019

NEW PROJECT: Expertise for cross-border public services in the Saxon-Polish border

Spatial Foresight, together with Hempel Krzymuski Partner, will develop an expertise on opportunities to develop cross-border services of public interest in the Saxon-Polish border. The focus will be on the four twin city areas located along this border. These areas are strongly affected by demographic change. Cross-border service provision will be investigated as an opportunity to improve living conditions and attractiveness of the areas in the long-run.
The study will elaborate the local and regional needs, identify good practices from other European border areas and scrutinise their transferability and needs for adjustment to the conditions at the German-Polish border. The expertise is embedded in the cross-border Interreg project "Smart Integration" and carried out on behalf this project's lead holder, the Saxon State Ministry of the Interior.

February 2019

NEW PROJECT: CGET ERDF European comparison

Spatial Foresight has been chosen to identify and describe good practices in the implementation of ERDF programmes by the French General Commission for Territorial Equality. For this purpose, an extensive network of national experts covering all EU countries has been mobilised. The study will in particular focus on factors of success to achieve good progress in programming, national coordination arrangements for ERDF programmes, programme governance and partnerships. We will also look carefully at programme management systems in different parts of Europe. The study feeds into a wider set of enquiries designed to prepare French authorities for the design and implementation of ERDF programmes in the 2021-2027 programming period, under the coordination of the French consultancy group Rouge Vif.

February 2019

NEW PUBLICATION: Spatial & Transport Development in European Corridors - The example of the Orient/East-Med

As part of its Think Tank activities, Spatial Foresight contributed to the international working group of the ARL (German Academy for Spatil Research and Planning) dealing with “Spatial and Transport Development in European Corridors – The example of the Orient/East-Med”. The first publication of this working group is a position paper that does not only assess the state the of the Orient/East-Med Corridor but provides interesting insights into future requirements to develop the Corridor’s potential. This includes, inter alia, recommendations towards a joint strategy for integrated spatial and transport development. The full position paper is available here.

February 2019

Dr Sabine Zillmer at ARL

Dr Sabine Zillmer has been appointed to the ARL’s (German Academy for Spatil Research and Planning) Users Advisory Board for a four year period (2019-2022). This board advises the Academy on service development by focusing on the view of users on publications and other products.

February 2019

NEW PUBLICATION: Towards a European Geogrpahy of Future Perspectives: A story of Urban Concentration

Is Europe facing a new geography of future perspectives? In the past decades territorial cohesion in Europe has been tightly linked to urban areas and their role as development motors. In a recent publication the Spatial Foresight team members Kai Böhme, Christian Lüer and Maria Toptsidou argue that the dominant role of cities in territorial development has contributed to an increasing fragmentation of societies and territories. Consequently, it leads to a fragmented geography of future perspectives. To get cohesion back on track more focus is needed on cooperation and functional areas. Read more at Böhme, K., Lüer, C. & Toptsidou, M. (2019) ‘Towards a European Geography of Future Perspectives: A Story of Urban Concentration’. In: Medeiros, E. (ed.) Territorial Cohesion. The Urban Dimension. Springer. Available here.

January 2019

NEW PROJECT: EU-CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by Technopolis selected to carry out INNOVACT II – the second phase of the EU-CELAC INNOVACT Platform on behalf of the European Commision (DG REGIO). The aim of the project is to systematise and structure the knowledge transfer from European countries and regions to Latin American (LATAM) cross-border regions in terms of regional innovation promotion, cross-border cooperation and territorial governance. In addition to the previously selected 6 Latin American countries (Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico), now also Bolivia and the Triple Border Argentina-Brazil-Paraguay will benefit from capacity building and support to develop new value chains and regional innovation projects. European regions and cross-border areas will be invited to offer their knowledge to the LATAM regions and to exploit opportunities for cooperation.

January 2019

NEW PROJECT: Implementing a place-based approach to EU industrial policy strategy

Spatial Foresight will carry out two case studies on circular economy and its link to innnovation and new business and employment opportunities in a regional and local context, in the framework of the report 'Implementing a place-based approach to EU industrial policy strategy' for the European Committee of the Regions. The project is a cooperation of t33 (the lead partner), Spatial Foresight and ÖIR.

January 2019