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: Evaluating Interreg Programmes. The challenge of demonstrating results and value of European Territorial Cooperation

This Spatial Foresight Brief contributes to the debate around the programming of European Territorial Cooperation 2021-2027, by focusing on possible ways to measure impact and to enhance evaluability. The brief presents the challenge of demonstrating value of transnational Interreg programmes. It sheds light on different approaches to measure and evaluate the impact of Interreg, drawing upon two examples of mid-term evaluations carried out by Spatial Foresight to show how challenging this exercise is and how it can be improved in the future. The Brief can be downloaded here.

NEW EVENT: EU Regions Week session on Territorial Governance as development chance for the Western Balkans

Spatial Foresight co-organises a session at the EU Regions Week on Territorial Governance as development chance for the Western Balkans, as part of the Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance.

The session aims to discuss the role of territorial governance practices to support cooperation and European integration of the Western Balkans. Territorial governance plays a crucial role to ensure that European integration happens on the ground supported by local people. It supports collective decision-making processes that consider societal and place specific challenges and opportunities. Failure to meet these aspects risks inefficient public administration and increasing disparities.

Current efforts to territorial governance in support of European integration, including the macro-regional strategies for the Danube and Adriatic-Ionian region and Interreg, deserve more attention. Therefore, this session discusses territorial governance in the Western Balkans as route to EU integration. It will encourage mutual learning on governance processes (also beyond the Western Balkans) with the aim to define ways to upscale new territorial governance practices.

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More information on the network and event can be found on the website of the network:

July 2019

NEW PROJECT: Analysis of the cooperation area of the future Interreg VI Grande Région programme

As part of the preparation of the future Interreg VI Greater Region (Grande Région) cooperation programme, the Managing Authority has selected Spatial Foresight and Eureconsult to carry out a socio-economic analysis of the cooperation area. The study will provide an overview of economic, social and territorial disparities that characterise the cooperation area, in order to enable the partner authorities responsible for drawing up the future programme to have access to in-depth and up-to-date evidence. This evidence will be used to develop the programming strategy, including the selection of strategic objectives by partner authorities. Particular attention will be paid to common investment needs.

June 2019

NEW PROJECT: Alpine Space evaluation

Spatial Foresight supports the Alpine Space Interreg VB programme by conducting the impact assessment. Impacts of all four programme priorities will be assessed and lessons for future programme design gathered. In this context, Spatial Foresight will be responsible in particular for gaining insights into the relation between the Alpine Space programme and the EUSALP. The evaluation is coordinated by t33 and will be implemented in two phases until the end of 2022.

May 2019

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