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: A territorial approach for the implementation of the SDGs in the EU and the role of CoR

Spatial Foresight colleagues contributed to study for the European Committee of Regions (CoR) on the territorial approach of SDGs. The key findings of the study, including case studies in the Basque countrie, Poznan and Lombardy have been published.

The study reviewed the state of play for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) policies in the European Union (EU) and the role of Local and Regional Authorities in their implementation. Particular focus was on the governance arrangements and the link between global goals, EU, national and local and regional policies. The study provides CoR members with information to feed into the discussion on the potential role of CoR in this relatively new area.

The publication can be downloaded from the CoR webpage.

April 2019

NEW PROJECT: Interreg Upper Rhine Analysis

Spatial Foresight was awarded a study to prepare the Interreg Upper Rhine Programme for the upcoming Cohesion Policy funding period. Through a socio-economic and territorial analysis, challenges and potentials for future cross-border cooperation shall be identified, feeding into the strategic orientation of the Upper Rhine Programme for 2021 - 2027. Spatial Foresight is carrying out the study in collaboration with Reeleaf from the Netherlands.

April 2019

NEW COLLEAGUE: Flavio Besana

Flavio Besana joined the Spatial Foresight team as a PhD student for the Horizon 2020 RE-City Innovative Training Network: reviving shrinking cities. At Spatial Foresight he works on his PhD researching shrinking cities in the light of EU Cohesion Policy on Europe’s territorial diversity. His PhD is supervised by the University of Poznan (Poland). While working on his PhD, he also supports colleagues in various projects related to the topics in his research.

April 2019

NEW PROJECT: Territorial dimension of future scenarios for Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is currently working on a NEXUS FUTURES study developing possible future scenarios for Luxembourg. They are based on different assumptions about the societal and political systems, and the economy, technology and environment in 2045. The scenarios have been created in a series of workshops with different stakeholders from the private and public sector. Several independent experts provide more detailed information issues such as the economic, infrastructure, agriculture and forestry conditions in Luxemburg. As a result, the scenarios have a strong thematic focus with little spatial differentiation. Spatial Foresight will highlight the territorial dimension of the three scenarios, providing for each one indicative and thought-provoking map.

April 2019

NEW PROJECT: State of play and challenges of the EU policy framework on SMEs

Spatial Foresight will contribute to the study on the "EU policy framework on SMEs: state of paly and challenges" commissioned by the European Committee of the Regions. Apart from contributing to the research on the added value of EU policies for SMEs, Spatial Foresight team members are responsible for carrying out the analysis of the proposals for EU programmes post-2020 with a view to their relevance on SMEs. Results of this study shall feed into further policy processes for the 2021-2027 programming period. The project is a cooperation of t33 (the lead partner), Spatial Foresight and ÖIR.

March 2019

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

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