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: Improving the impact of territorial area wide cooperation in Adriatic-Ionian region

Spatial Foresight has been awarded by the OECD LEED office in Trento (Italy) to perform an study on area wide cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region. The study aims at contributing to a more effective cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region through fostering integrated local development and improving the consistency and the effectiveness between the macro-regional strategy and Interreg programmes in the area.

More detailed information on this project as well as other current and past projects can be found in the website's project section.

August 2017

NEW PROJECT: Evaluation of EEA projects in Spain

Spatial Foresight has been awarded to perform an evaluation of EEA projects for the Spanish Ministry of Finance. EEA Grants are a financial mechanism of the European Economic Area. Spain was entitled to these grants until now. Spatial Foresight will perform the final evaluation of the Spanish National Programme 2009-2014.

More detailed information on this project as well as other current and past projects can be found in the website's project section.

August 2017

PROJECT UPDATE: joint online platform for spatial observation in the German-Danish border area

After the need for a joint territorial monitoring system for the German-Danish cross-border area has been identified in the first phase, Spatial Foresight has now been awarded a follow-up contract to prepare the establishment of a joint online platform for spatial observation in the border area. This includes technical aspects, cost estimates and the identification of priorities as starting points for the platform. Spatial Foresight will conduct the project with RRG Spatial Planning and Geoinformation in Oldenburg i.H.

August 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 English version of the final report is now available here.

The report provides 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.

August 2017


Spatial Foresight has been awarded to perform new studies for ESPON and DG REGIO.

Spatial Foresight will contribute to the ESPON project on territorial scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region, a project which is led by the Polish Academy of Science.

Furthermore Spatial Foresight colleagues will contribute to two studies for DG REGIO in preparation of the new programming period for ESIF post-2020. The first project is an assessment on the use of simplified cost options (SCO). The second project assesses the administrative costs and burden in ESIF.

More detailed information on these projects as well as other current and past projects can be found in the website's project section.

August 2017


Spatial Foresight's team is growing and welcomes it's new team members Clément Corbinau and Giacomo Salvatori.

Clément Corbinau is working from the office is Paris and contributes to a number of projects for ESPON, such as the ESPON Database II and the ESPON ACTAREA.

Giacomo Salvatori is working from the office in Heisdorf and will mainly contribute to a DG Regio study on administrative cost and burden for ESIF.

August 2017


Spatial Foresight-10 yearsIn 2017 Spatial Foresight turns ten years old. Ten years of hard work, a lot of projects, even more publications, numerous workshops and presentation and great cooperation. We, at Spatial Foresight would like to share with you what these ten years mean to us. You can read our story in an exclusively drafted and designed story book at our special anniversary page. Follow our activities on LinkedIn for background information, trivia and quotes. And on twitter for a quick update and more interaction. We invite you to follow our journey and hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

June 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: The territorial dimension of Europe's future - Veni, vidi, ...

Kai Böhme, Erik Gløersen and Maria Toptsidou from Spatial Foresight contributed with an article to Nordregio's News jubilee issue. The article starts with the close links of Nordregio to territorial policy development since its very beginning, reflecting then on the recent EU White Paper on the Future of Europe and highlighting its lacking territorial implications. The article concludes that spatial foresight is needed for more regional dvelopment and territorial policy design. You can download and read the article here.

July 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Union Cohesion Policy

Kai Böhme and Christian Lüer contributed to the recently published book "Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Cohesion Policy", edited by Eduardo Medeiros. In their chapter on "Assessing territorial impacts of future trends", Kai and Christian present an approach how the ESPON TIA tool can be used to assess and better understand territorial impacts of future trends and grand societal challenges. Drawing from results of the FP7 project FLAGSHIP, they present different examples of findings and provide lessons learned on next steps towards a territorial foresight approach. The book is available here.

July 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