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 PROJECT: Simplification measures in the Cohesion policy proposals for 2021-2027 and impact of the CoR political work

The CoR’s Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) has decided to prepare on opinion on the recently published legislative proposals for European Structural and Investment Funds by the European Commission. Spatial Foresight will support the European Committee of Regions (CoR) with preparing their opinion on the Common Provision Regulation proposal by the European Commission.

In preparation of this opinion COTER would like to know to what extent their previous opinions and recommendations have been taken on board as well as to what extent the new proposals for simplification affect local and regional authorities.

July 2018

NEW PROJECT: RE-CITY - reviving shrinking cities

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant for a research project focusing on finding new ways of maintaining or improving the quality of life in shrinking cities. On one hand, Spatial Foresight’s role will consist of supporting the research by providing inputs from the practical field and organising workshops. On the other hand, Spatial Foresight will host one of the PhD students by offering a placement with a practical focus.

The RE-CITY project perceives shrinkage as an opportunity in the years to come. Hence, the RE-CITY project aims at finding creative and innovative solutions to these types of cities, that could be then incorporated into new interdisciplinary concepts in urban planning. To do so, the project promotes young scientists. Within the framework of a graduate school, 13 PhD students will conduct research in the project's international network from April 2019.

July 2018

NEW PROJECT: Interreg Europe evaluation

Spatial Foresight, together with Technopolis and Eure Consult, will carry out the intermediate evaluation of the Interreg Europe programme.

The evaluation consists of two separate lots: the first one refers to the operational evaluation, and it will address the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme structures and procedures to administer, implement and manage the programme.
The second one focuses on the results evaluation of Interreg Europe, and it will tackle the progress made towards the achivements of the thematic specific objectives, and therefore the intervention logic of the programme.

July 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Why territorial foresight matters for policy-makers

Following up on the ESPON project “Possible Territorial Futures”, Spatial Foresight colleague Frank Holstein has set out different arguments why territorial foresight is relevant for policy-makers in a blog. The article has been published in the futures platform blog.

During the ESPON project a new approach to territorial foresight has been developed. The approach allows policy makers to visualise and discuss the territorial impact of future events. In other words, where and to what extent would there be territorial balances and imbalances in the case of future events such as fully circular economy, a collapse of property markets and having a 100% renewable energy market?

The approach is particularly relevant for policy-makers for 1) identifying different impacts for different types of regions, 2) offering a platform to discuss uncertainties of trend development, 3) creating awareness and engaging players with different backgrounds on territorial impacts.

This way the newly developed and tested territorial foresight approach could function as a starting point to discuss and adapt policies to make them better fit for future.

The article can be read here.

June 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Use and intended use of Simplifid Cost Options in ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD

Spatial Foresight contributed together with t33 and Sweco to a study for DG Regio on the 'Use and intended use of Simplified Cost Options in ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD'. The objective of the study was twofold. First it carried out an e-survey among ESF, ERDF, CF and EAFRD managing authorities across all EU Member States to collect information about the use of SCOs. Then it aggregated, process and analysed the data collected through the e-survey and formulate conclusions and recommendations. The final report is now available for download here.

June 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: EUSBSR after 2020: Governance remastered?

Spatial Foresight conducted the study ‘EUSBSR after 2020: Governance remastered?’ in view of the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, 4th-5th June 2018. The study focused on the ‘Save the Sea’ objective of the EUSBSR, looking at what is done to implement it, as well as at who implements it and through which processes. By combining these two elements, the study provided some recommendations as food for thought for the discussions on the future of EUSBSR after 2020, vis à vis future trends and challenges. The results of the study will be presented by Kai Böhme and Maria Toptsidou at the I Plenary and at the seminar on ‘Taking a closer look: study on the EUSBSR’ of the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum, on 4th of June. The study can be downloaded here.

May 2018

NEW PROJECT: Euregio Air Accessibility

Spatial Foresight has been awarded, together with TCP International, the University of Münster (WWU) and DTV Consultants, to carry out a study on air accessibility in the German-Dutch border area of the EUREGIO. The study consists of three work packages. First, two large-scale surveys on mobility needs in aviation of both households and enterprises will be conducted. In addition, the current status and accessibility of relevant airports will be assessed. Finally, different scenarios on future development will be developed. The study results will feed into an Interreg project led by the EUREGIO with the provinces, counties, regions and cities as project partners. 

April 2018

NEW PROJECT: Interreg Baltic Sea Evaluation

Spatial Foresight has been commissioned to carry out the Study "Monitoring of the state of institutional capacity in the region and mid-term evaluation of Programme impact" by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.   The study covers two main tasks: 1) monitoring of the state of institutional capacity in the Baltic Sea Region in 2018 and in 2020 in order to up-date the situation of the result indicators defined by the Programme, and 2) the mid-term evaluation of the impact of the Programme. For the monitoring and the evaluation different methods such as documentary review, interviews, surveys, focus groups and case study analysis will be used.

March 2018

NEW PROJECT: Interreg North-West Europe Evaluation Task II

In 2018, Spatial Foresight with cooperation partner t33 will carry out the Implementation Evaluation for the 2014-2020 Interreg North-West Europe Programme within the integrated framework of the monitoring and evaluation system. The evaluation aims to analyse and verify the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme, as well as the expected Programme contribution to the socio-economic changes in the territory.

March 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: EGTC Monitoring Report 2017

The new EGTC monitoring report 2017 that was drafted by Spatial Foresight in collaboration with t33 and ÖIR has been published by the European Committee of the Regions. As every year, the report monitors the activities of the EGTCs. At the end of 2017, 68 have been existing. The report provides them with the possibility to share their efforts and experiences in implementing cross-border policies. The report also draws on legislative aspects, EGTCs and their role in ETC and new groupings currently being founded. This year, a special section was dedicated to the evaluation of the amended EGTC regulation. You can download the EGTC Monitoring Report 2017 here

March 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Guidelines for territorial foresight

Spatial Foresight has developed under the ESPON Territorial Futures project guidelines for territorial foresight. These guidelines are part of the final delivery of this project which recently have been published.

The ESPON territorial futures project aimed at developing an approach to territorial foresight. The approach has been tested for 3 very divers topics: circular economy, renewable energies and property markets. All reports including a handbook for performing a territorial foresight are available via the ESPON webpage:

March 2018


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