Spatial Foresight


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: Looking towards 2030. Preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future

In preparation of the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Stratege for the Baltic Sea Region, Spatial Foresight together with MDI has drafted a report on major global trends affecting the Baltic Sea Region until 2030 and their implications for the strategy. The report ‘Looking towards 2030: preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future’ is available here. Besides the full report looking at 14 large societal and value changes, 21 specific trends and 14 wildcards, there is also a shorter easy to read summary report. The report is a contribution to preparations for a future where many of the challenges and opportunities the Baltic Sea Region will meet would be better addressed through deepened cooperation. On the 8th of November Kai Böhme (Spatial Foresight) and Janne Antikainen (MDI) will present the key findings of the report during the Opening Session of the Strategy Forum.

October 2016

NEW EVENT: Focus group to discuss gold-plating in ESIF

Spatial Foresight is organising a focus group discussing the possible solutions, actions and measures to reduce or avoid gold-plating in ESIF, 16 November in Brussels. Representatives from managing, certifying and audit authorities, as well as representatives from social and economic partners are welcome to join the discussion.

Gold-plating is understood as additional rules, requirements, or failures to apply simplification measures leading to increased administrative costs and burdens related to implementing ESIF. Gold-plating can happen at all levels of administration from EU to local levels. The discussions during the focus group will focus on different reasons for gold-plating, effects of gold-plating and actions and measures to avoid gold-plating.

For registration and the preliminary programme, please visit our webpage: We recommend you to register soon, as the focus group is limited to 20 participants. Registration is possible until November 5.

October 2016


Spatial Foresight is part of the consortium that has been awarded the contract for 'ESPON 2020 MapKits'. The project will produce 29 MapKits that all ESPON projects will use to visualise and analyse geographical data. The tasks comprise the design of a new ESPON MapKit layout and an update underlying mapping files. Specific MapKits for the representation of macro-regions, local and urban areas, Europe in its neighbourhood and world-wide patterns and trends will be produced. The project will complement and develop further the MapKits that were previously available for the ESPON 2013 projects. Spatial Foresight is in charge of providing an update of the geodata of the European LAU2 units in a simplified geometry and also draft the guidance documents that will help ESPON projects to produce clear and consistent maps. The project is led by UMS Riate and conducted in collaboration with the University of Geneva.

October 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Evaluation of Capacities in Multi-level Governance Networks: the GOCAPASS Tool

Spatial Foresight's associated senior expert, Silke N. Haarich, has contributed to the new e-publication "Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: Lessons from a research-policy dialogue". Her contribution "Evaluation of Capacities in Multi-level Governance Networks: the GOCAPASS Tool" tackles the problem of how to evaluate partnerships and networking processes that are crucial to many areas in Cohesion Policy. The e-publication can be found here.
The publication, facilitated by the Regional Studies Association (RSA), documents a research-policy dialogue. Researchers were called to propose practical, yet research-based policy lessons that can feed the political debate about learning and improving EU Cohesion Policy.

October 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: The implementation of the partnership principle and the performance frameworks in 2014-2020 ESI Funds

DG REGIO has published two studies on the implementation of ESI Funds in 2014-2020. Spatial Foresight played a major role in the elaboration of both of these studies.

One study looks on how the partnership principle and in particular the European Code on Conduct on Partnership have been taken on board. The study Implementation of the partnership principle and multi-level governance in 2014-2020 ESI Funds can be downloaded here.

The other study synthesises the manner in which the provisions relating to the performance framework have been addressed. The study on The implementation of the performance frameworks in 2014-2020 ESI Funds can be downloaded here.

October 2016

PROJECT INSIGHTS: Sustainable urban development and urban planning under the EUAID China R&I Partnership

Spatial Foresight staff Erik Gløersen and Sabine Zillmer have conducted a 2nd training session on sustainable urban development workshops in China between September 18 and 23. This was done in the frame of the MEDIUM project, funded by the EU-China Research and Innovation Partnership on sustainable urban development.

It included an excursion to the city of Zhuhai as well as a three days training workshop with about 20 post-graduate and PhD students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. During this training the students were trained to develop and hold participative stakeholder workshops, through exercises focusing on the city of Zhuhai. Their newly acquired competence will allow them to organise workshops with stakeholders of urban development in this city over the coming months. This will be done in cooperation with Zhuhai’s planning authority, and should help to prepare the revision of its Master Plan in 2017.

September 2016

NEW EVENT: Focus group on the added value of EU macro-regional strategies

ESIF and other programmes and funding sources contribute to the four EU macro-regional strategies, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EU Strategy for the Danube Region, EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. What is the benefit of this contribution for the programmes and funding sources, and the projects they fund?

Spatial Foresight together with INTERACT organise a focus group on 27 October in Brussels to discuss the benefits macro-regional strategies offer to programmes and projects. Participation is free of charge for registered participants. More information about the programme can be found at:

Imagine Europe

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

Call for internships

Spatial Foresight offers paid internships to work on ongoing project concerning the future Europe. Find out more at 

August 2016