Spatial Foresight


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Spatial Foresight is a private consultancy and independent think tank in the area of European territorial policies 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 Western Balkans in the Territorial Agenda post-2020. An opportunity not to be missed

At European level, the revision of the Territorial Agenda is currently discussed stressing the need for a stronger territorial dimension in policy making and the empowerment of local and regional players to engage in cooperation and visioning processes. At the same time, in the Western Balkans, there is a bottom-up discussion about the need to strengthen territorial governance and empower civil society players at local and regional level, to improve the quality of public decision making and prepare for European integration. This Spatial Foresight Brief brings these two parallel debates together and highlights that including the Western Balkans in the Territorial Agenda post-2020 is an opportunity not to be missed. The Brief can be downloaded here.

May 2019

NEW PROJECT: Housing policy in Luxembourg

Luxembourg prepares a new housing policy "Housing Pact 2.0" to increase the housing supply and better meet the growing demand for affordable housing in Luxembourg. The cooperation between national and local authorities will be a key element in the new policy. In preparation of the new policy, there will be a series of 6 participatory workshops with Luxembourgish municipalities to explore possible concrete measures which could be included in the design of the new policy. In cooperation with Zeyen+Baumann, Spatial Foresight has been commissioned by the Luxembourg Ministry of Housing to develop the participatory concept for the workshops, to moderate the workshops and to draw conclusions on objectives, measures and instruments to be considered in the new policy.

May 2019

NEW PUBLICATION: Territorial fragmentation: a major European challenges

Kai Böhme together with Derek Martin, part of the Territorial Thinkers, published a new briefing on the impacts and possible responses to territorial fragmentation.

Territorial fragmentation is at the heart of today´s challenges and needs to be recognised if we want to avoid that areas turn away from Europe. Yet, it is largely unrecognised. The Territorial Thinkers Briefing explores what it is and how EU policies could be adapted. The article can be downloaded from the Territorial Thinker's webpage:

May 2019

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 PUBLICATION: Possibilities to measure territorial cohesion?

Can territorial cohesion be measured? 

In a recent article in European Planning Studies, Jacek Zaucha and Kai Böhme reflect on their experience in the field and conclude that the operationalisation of territorial cohesion is the most promising when using the frameworks of existing policies and that such operationalisation on smaller geographical scales (below the EU) might be easier and more productive than at the EU level.

The article can be downloaded here.

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 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