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: The Territorial Dimension of EGTCs

Spatial Foresight has updated the map on the territorial dimension of EGTCs that was initially produced in 2015 and has been distributed through publications and events. The map illustrates the use of the so-called cross-border EGTCs, Transnational EGTCs and Network EGTCs in order to promote cross-border cooperation.

June 2016

NEW PROJECT: Mapping Research and Innovation Plans&Strategies for Smart Specialisation on Bioeconomy

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a study for DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION regarding the "Mapping of EU Member States'/Regions' Research and Innovation Plans & Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) on Bioeconomy for 2014-2020". The study will generate evidence on the intended activities in EU Member States regarding their strategic bioeconomy focus. Successful regional research and innovation initiatives related to the bioeconomy and their transfer potentials shall be identified as well as corresponding bottlenecks and gaps. The study will be led by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with SWECO, Nordregio, INFYDE, Berman Group, t33 and ÖIR.

June 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Europe's territorial futures: between daydreams and nightmares

'Europe’s territorial futures: between daydreams and nightmares’ is the title of an article by Kai Böhme and Christian Lüer just published in the Ukrainian Geographical Journal, 1.2016, pp. 29–40. The article addresses grand societal challenges which shape Europe’s development and have a considerable influence on our governance systems and the possible development paths of different parts of Europe, its regions and cities. Based on the results of a FP7 research project this article discusses possible governance and territorial futures for Europe – constantly balancing between daydreams and nightmares. In the end this article is a plea for a shared territorial vision for Europe.

June 2016

NEW PROJECT: SMEs in European Regions and Cities

Spatial Foresight will contribute to the ESPON study "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in European Regions and Cities". The study acknowledges that SMEs are the backbone of the European economy and as such crucial for regional development. SMEs are anything but a homogeneous type of business and are prevalent in all economic sectors. Their distribution e.g. according to size , sectors and performance varies across European regions. The study aims to fill the gap of a systematic analysis at regional level for improving the understanding of SMEs competitiveness and performance linked to national and regional conditions.

Spatial Forsight will contribute to several tasks, in particular to the literature review, case studies and development of recommendations. The study is led by ÖIR and conducted together with the Austrian Institute for SME Research, Oxford Group, VVA Europe and EUROREG.

June 2016

NEW PROJECT: Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe

Spatial Foresight will conduct a study for ESPON on "Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe" (ESPON COMPASS) . The study will provide an authoritative and comparable reference on spatial planning systems, policies and territorial governance throughout Europe in order to improve knowledge sharing and to illustrate some of the key challenges and opportunities which arise in the territorial implementation of EU cohesion policies. Spatial Foresight will particularly work on the quality control, policy conclusions and the spatial planning and territorial governance system in Luxembourg.

The study is led by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and conducted together with the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Nordregio, Politecnico di Torino, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (RKK), the Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO), the University College Dublin, the German Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS) and a wide network of national experts.

May 2016

NEW PROJECT: Study to analyse the logistics sector in the German-Dutch border region of EUREGIO

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a study to analyse the logistics sector in the German-Dutch border region of the EUREGIO. Under the INTERREG A project "EUREGIO Freight Corridor" on the joint development strategy for the logistics sector, the EUREGIO commissioned this study in four lots on the logistics profile, infrastructure, interoperability and green corridor development. The aim is to collect detailed information and provide evidence for the elaboration process of the EUREGIO’s strategy. The study is being conducted together with TCP International and TNO.

May 2016

NEW PROJECT: Possible European Territorial Futures

Spatial Foresight will conduct a study on possible European Territorial Futures for ESPON in cooperation with MCRIT, Spiekermann & Wegener and the institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems. This study stands in the tradition of past ESPON foresight and territorial impact assessment studies. Different future scenarios and their territorial impacts are explored. In this way, new insight into possible future developments is produced, which supports policy-makers in assessing the robustness and ‘future-proofness’ of their policies against possible future trends.

April 2016

NEW PROJECT: Foresight study on a vision for the Baltic Sea Region in 2030

Spatial Foresight in cooperation with MDI have been awarded by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth to perform a foresight study in preparation of the 7th Strategy Forum for the EUSBSR for a vision for the region in 2030. The study will review relevant development trends to assess:

  • In a 2030 perspective, what major global trends can be expected to fundamentally impact the future of the Baltic Sea Region?

  • Which major trends in the immediate neighbourhood of EU Baltic Sea Region should the Member States take into account when pursuing the long-term objectives of the EUSBSR?

  • Which trends could seriously affect the twelve sub-objectives of the EUSBSR Action Plan?

  • To what extent is the Region prepared for these developments?

April 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: The impact of demographic change on European regions

Spatial Foresight has coordinated a study for the Committee of the Regions entitled ‘The impact of demographic change on European regions’ with inputs from ÖIR and t33. To address ageing, competition between regions to attract qualified working age population is not necessarily the best solution. It can make sense to concentrate on competitive, export oriented activities in some regions, while others focus on residential functions. However, services must be provided everywhere. We need an European-level reflection on the territorial organisation of economic activities and settlements and on flows of income between regions.

March 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Territorial impact projections

Spatial Foresight has contributed to a FP7 funded project on Forward-Looking Analysis of Grand Societal Challenges and Innovative Policies (FLAGSHIP). Within this project, Spatial Foresight led a work package on territorial diversity, impact projections and territorial governance. The final report can now be downloaded here. The report intends to answer the following questions:  

  • Which trends will affect the future development of Europe’s cities and regions?

  • What will the European territory look like in 2050 under the assumptions of the FLAGSHIP storylines?

  • How can territorial governance respond to the various challenges and their impacts?

  • How much can territorial governance contribute to Europe’s ability to better cope with the main challenges and their impacts?

Lüer, C., Böhme, K., Jæger, S., Hans, S., Madeira, N., Holstein, F., Toptsidou, M., Tulumello, S., Bina, O., Ferrão, J. (2015): Report on territorial impact projections. Final deliverable (D7.2) of work package 7 on Territorial Governance. FLAGSHIP project, 7th Framework Programme (FP7)

March 2016