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: The spatial dimension of the 3rd industrial revolution in Luxembourg

Spatial Foresight conducts a study on the territorial implications and preconditions concerning the 3rd Industrial Revolution in Luxembourg. A vision and strategy for the country's transition to the 3rd Industrial Revolution has been developed in the so-called Rifkin study, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Economics of Luxembourg. The objective of our follow-up study is to debate and highlight the territorial consequences and patterns that may result from the implementation of the transitions, proposed by the Rifkin study. The study is conducted in collaboration with Zeyen+Baumann which contributes with local knowledge about the country.

January 2018

NEW PROJECT: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region after 2020

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia to conduct a study on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region after 2020. The purpose of the study is to analyse how projects of the EUSBSR have developed and been implemented in support of the main objectives and sub-objectives of the Strategy, as well as the role of its key implementers, with a special focus on the ’Save the Sea’ objective. This input will be an important step to assess the current implementation of the EUSBSR objectives and provide recommendations considering its future implementation also vis à vis future trends. The findings of the study will be presented at the 9th EU Annual Forum for the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and serve as a basis for discussions on a better alignment of the macro-regional strategies with the next programming period after 2020.

December 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Spatial Foresight's contribution to the debate on the future of EU Cohesion Policy

Peter Mehlbye and Kai Böhme have published their contribution to the current debate on the future of EU Cohesion Policy. In the 8th Spatial Foresight Brief they argue for putting more emphasis on territorial cooperation within functional areas - of various size and characteristics - in all ESIF activities. This may support releasing additional development potential, more efficient investment spending and more European integration.

The brief presents both arguments for more territorial cooperation and concrete proposals how to strengthen territorial cooperation in Cohesion Policy post 2020 and can be downloaded through the following link:

Spatial Foresight Brief 2017:8 More Territorial Cooperation Post 2020? A contribution to the debate of future EU Cohesion Policy

December 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Handbook chapter on the spatial development and cohesion policy perspective of EGTCs

Spatial Foresight has contributed to the German language EGTC handbook published by the EGTC competence centre at Viadrina University Frankfurt/Oder – “Der Europäische Verbund für territoriale Zusammenarbeit – Instrument der grenzübergreifenden Zusammenarbeit nationaler öffentlicher Einrichtungen in der Europäischen Union. Sabine Zillmer, Christian Lüer und Maria Toptsidou wrote a chapter on the spatial development and cohesion policy perspective of EGTCs (“Der EVTZ aus raumentwicklungs- und kohäsionspolitischer Sicht”). The book is available at NOMOS.

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Inter-municipal cooperation in Luxembourg

Spatial Foreight will contribute to a study led by Zeyen+Baumann aimed at collecting experience made with conventions in spatial planning in Luxembourg. In Luxembourg, many spatial planning issues can be better solved through inter-municipal cooperation. In formal terms, this can be done through conventions between the involved municipalities and the state level. These conventions are a pretty flexible tool, which has produced many interesting approaches to territorial cooperation between municipalities and the state level in different parts of Luxembourg. Voluntary cooperation exemplifies the efforts made at the local level to implement strategic approaches by turning them into concrete projects.

By collecting various experiences the study aims to stimulate a debate on how to further improve conventions as tool to better meet the challenges of regional development processes in Luxembourg.

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Supporting the policy debate on a Territorial Agenda post 2020

Spatial Foresight will contribute to a new ESPON study - Territorial Reference Framework for Europe. This study led by Mcrit and in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC).

The Territorial Reference Framework study is a preparatory step towards the development of the upcoming policy debate on a Territorial Agenda post 2020. More precisely the study will develop a long-term territorial development perspective for Europe in order to assist in informing and shaping the territorial dimension of post-2020 EU strategic policies. Spatial Foresight will among other contribute to pan-European stakeholder dialogues.

November 2017

NEW PROJECTS ON EGTCs: EGTC Monitoring Report and EGTC Good practices brochure

Spatial Foresight has received two requests for services from the Committee of the Regions within the framework contract on Cohesion Policy. The first is on developing the EGTC Monitoring Report 2017. Similarly to last year's report, the monitoring report 2017 will analyse the implementation of the EGTC regulation in national legislation, elaborate on the activities of EGTCs during 2016 with a special focus on their involvement in implementing ESIF and European Territorial Cooperation programmes and projects in particular. The specific thematic focus of the monitoring report 2017 is on the evaluation of the EGTC regulation. The second request is the elaboration of an EGTC best practice brochure that shall detail selected actions undertaken by EGTCs including the obstacles encountered, addressed and solved to provide transferable information to other EGTCs in Europe. Spatial Foresight will coordinate both projects. The other partners involved in these assignments are ÖIR and t33.

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Alpine Space evalution

Spatial Foresight has been awarded the contract on the operational evaluation of the Interreg Alpine Space Programme 2014-2020. This evaluation focuses on the evaluation of the communication strategy, the effectiveness in achieving objectives and output indicators of the programme and the stakeholder involvement and partnership structures. The evaluation will be conducted in the first half of 2018.

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Future common ESIF indicators

Spatial Foresight contributes to a study for DG Regio on the development of a system of common indicators for Euoprean Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) interventions. The study assesss the possibility of expanding the current list of common output indicators and the feasibility of developing a list of common direct result indicators for post 2020 ERDF and CF interventions.  Besides Spatial Foresight, the team includes t33, ÖIR, SWECO, Berman Group, Nordregio and broad network of national experts.

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Providing input for a territorial impact assessment of Brexit

Spatial Foresgiht contributes to a study for the European Committee of the Regions that aims at providing input for the preparation of the Territorial Impact Assessment of Brexit on regions and cities. We will conduct a regional case study in Germany and analyse the specific impact of Brexit. The study is led by t33 (IT, lead partner) and conducted in cooperation with Spatial Foresight and ÖIR. 

November 2017


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