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:
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  • 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.

NEWS

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

INTERNSHIP POSSIBILITIES

Spatial Foresight offers paid internships to work on ongoing projects concerning the future Europe. Find out more at http://www.spatialforesight.eu/interns-europe.html

December 2016

TEN YEARS SPATIAL FORESIGHT: CHAPTER 7, SPATIAL FORESIGHT ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Spatial Foresight, on the road again. Well, travelling for Spatial Foresight doesn’t always mean holidays. It is rather much associated with workshops, seminars, focus groups and presentations. Spatial Foresight team members have presented at numerous events, to raise awareness or raise discussions. To share knowledge, to network and meet with colleagues and clients. And so we travelled to 19 countries for more than 50 events in one sole year. Yes, like a travelling circus. Check what we have done at our special anniversary page. Looking forward for 2050 and the use of 3D presentations tools and space vans to travel. Chapter 7 tells more about it.

May 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Disseminating and deepening of experiences of EGTC

Spatial Foresight conducted the study "Disseminating and deepening of experiences of EGTC" commissioned by the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development. The study aimed at deepening the findings and understanding of the EGTC instrument with a focus on aspects that pose difficulties when setting up an EGTC. The study gives, inter alia, insights into examples of actual benefits arising for EGTCs, discusses possible starting points for improving the framework conditions for EGTCs and provides recommendations in relation to the transferability of experience and a FAQ section. You may download the German version of the final report here. The English version of the publication is forthcoming.

May 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Bioeconomy development in EU regions

Spatial Foresight contributed to the study “Bioeconomy development in EU regions” commissioned by DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) that maps priorities and activities of EU Member States (MS) and regions with regard to research and innovation on bioeconomy. This information helped to identify specialisation patterns, developing six different types of regional bioeconomy profiles. The study presents recommendations for better strategic planning, enhanced value-chain development, better knowledge transfer and skills and more efficient coordination of funding. The study was conducted together with SWECO, t33, ÖIR, Nordregio, INFYDE and Berman Group and you can download it here.

May 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: The future of Europe. And its territories? A response to the EC White Paper on the future of Europe

Spatial Foresight published a policy paper as a response to the EC White Paper on the future of EU 27 by 2025. In a time of an evolving world, the European Union finds itself in the middle of several crises and needs to take a decision on what future to choose. The EC White Paper presents five possible scenarios for the future of EU27 and aims to initiate a debate and discussion about which path to take. It however ignores the territorial effects that these scenarios hav on European regions and cities. The Spatial Foresight position paper gives a response to that and points at some possible territorial implications for each of the five scenarios of the White Paper. The aim is to raise awareness and launch another debate, this time highlighting that territory still matters when aimin at designing desirable futures for the EU and its citizens. You download and read the paper here.

April 2017

NEW PROJECT: EU - CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by Technopolis that has been selected to develop the EU-CELAC Innovact Platform on behalf of the European Commision (DG REGIO). This project is a major endeavour 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. Six Latin American countries (Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico) will benefit from capacity building and a strategic support to develop new value chains and regional innovation projects in cross-border regions. European regions and cross-border areas will be invited to offer their knowledge to the LATAM regions and to exploit opoortunities for new cooperations.

April 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral regions

Spatial Foresight contributed to the European Committee of the Regions' study on "Entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral regions”. The aim of the study was to analyse the particular challenges and obstacles faced by entrepreneurs and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) on islands and in other peripheral areas, including inner peripheries, when starting up and running a business. It identified and analysed good practices to foster resilience and to stimulate innovative and sustainable entrepreneurial development in these areas. The study was conducted together with t33 and ÖIR and you can download it here.

April 2017

 

NEW PUBLICATION: CoR Report on governance processes in SME policy

Spatial Foresight colleagues contributed to the CoR report on multi-level governance systems in support of SME and entrepreneurship policies. Spatial Foresight colleagues were responsible for data collection and analysis of the governance structure in 6 regions Brandenburg, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Southern Denmark, North Brabant, Flanders and Copenhagen.

The report identified three important governance aspects for effective process. (1) cooperation between public and private stakeholders, (2) target strategies creating a common vision between actors, and (3) a strong reflection on economic needs.

The report can be downloaded from the CoR’s website: http://cor.europa.eu/en/documentation/studies/Documents/How-to-improve-regional-local-governance-SME.pdf

April 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: CoR EGTC Monitoring Report

Spatial Foresight colleagues have contributed to the recently published EGTC Monitoring Report by the CoR. The description of EGTCs is at the centre of the annual monitoring report. The report contains factsheets for each EGTC describing the main characteristics. The application of the the EGTC instrument is very dynamic. As of the end of 2016, 65 EGTCs exists in Europe, of which 5 were founded in 2016. More EGTCs may be expected in the next years. At the end of 2016, 23 EGTC under construction could be identified. Several of them are awaiting approval, with 2 of them being established already.

The report can be assessed through the CoR's webpage: http://cor.europa.eu/en/documentation/studies/Documents/CoR-EGTC-monitoring.pdf

April 2017

NEW PROJECT: National information platform for urban politics - Luxembourg

Spatial Foresight contributes to the reintroduction of the 'Cellule nationale d'information pour la Poitique Urbaine' (CIPU - National information platform for urban politics) of Luxembourg. The CIPU contributes to the exchange of information and expertise of urban actors from different levels and creates an environment for common reflection on matters of urban development. The plaform is an interface between local, national, European as well as between scientific and application oriented actors. In cooperation with the bureau Zeyen+Baumann, Spatial Foresight will contribute to all tasks under the new CIPU, namely drafting the action programme, organising the regular expert forums, creating an online database of good-practice projects and organising the internal communication and documentation. 

April 2017

NEW PROJECT: Green growth in the Alps

Spatial Foresight is part of the winning Consortium with blue! (leadpartner) and CIPRA for elaborating an action programme in support of Green Growth in the Alps, a project contracted by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The project shall translate the findings related to the key topics of the 6th Report on the State of the Alps "Greening the Economy of the Alpine Region" into actions. Spatial Foresight will especially contribute to the conceptual development of the action programme and the stakeholder workshops that shall feed into actual actions and project proposals implementing a green economy.

March 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Added value of macro-regional strategies. Project and programme perspective

Interact has just published a study conducted by Spatial Foresight on the added value of macro-regional strategies from a project and programme perspective. The report sees how macro-regional strategies can be more appealing to projects and programmes and proposes actions for all macro-regional strategies’ key implementers to increase benefits and also link the macro-regional project activities better to policy processes. The report can be downloaded here.

March 2017

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: http://www.spatialforesight.eu/imagine-europe.html

August 2016