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: Scoping document on the future of Interreg NWE

For the Interreg programme North-West Europe (NWE), the Cohesion Policy period post 2020 implies a wide range of uncertainties and changes due to Brexit. This offers also an opportunity to take a closer look at possible future programme geographies and cooperation topics. By analysing prevailing linkages and functional relations between territories involved in the current NWE programme and beyond, Spatial Foresight supports the Luxembourg Ministry with food for thought concerning the future orientation of Interreg North-West Europe.

November 2018

NEW PROJECT: Relevance of TEN-T for Stockholm Mälarregionen

Stockholm Mälardalsrådet wants to explore the larger geographical context of the region with regard to the trans-European transport networks (TEN-T). Spatial Foresight supports the region in the discussion of the question which role the capital region plays in trans-European transport flows and how the region can be better positioned in the mid-term.

November 2018

NEW PROJECT: Synergies and cooperation potential between circular economy strategies

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been following closely the development of circular economy initiatives at the European level and has produced a number of opinions on the matter. With this assignment the EESC wants to further the knowledge and understanding concerning the state of the art of circular economy roadmaps and strategies in Europe. The specific objective is to analyse differences and commonalities of existing national and regional Circular Economy strategies, and to identify potential for cooperation, by jointly analysing the state of the art of this type of strategies at the European level.

November 2018

NEW PROJECT: Territorial approach to SDG implementation

The European Committee of the Regions will produce an opinion reacting to the EU Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030 about the state of play of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the place of cities and regions in their implementation. T33 was awarded the contract for providing background information about the territorial aspects of the implementationof the SDGs in the EU, with a particular focus on the type of involvement of regions and cities, the political leadership of such involvements, and multi-level goverance arrangements. Spatial Foresight will contribute to the work with one case study and interviews.

November 2018

NEW PROJECT: Territorial scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region

The aim of the ESPON project is to produce trend analysis and territorial scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region. Key topics to be addressed under various policies related to the Baltic Sea Region’s territorial development will be identified and the role of the Baltic Sea Region in a larger European and global context. The project is lead by Nordregio and the team includes besides Spatial Foresight also Spiekermann & Wegener Urban and Regional Research and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation Polish Academy of Sciences.

November 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Assessment of ESIF administrative costs and burden

Spatial Foresight and t33 carried out an extensive assessment of the administrative costs for the management of European Structural and Investment Funds, as well as the respective administrative burden for beneficiaries. 

The study targeted all authorities involved in ESIF management at European level, and it includes the calculation of new cost and burden baselines, replacing several previous studies with a homogeneous approach targeting all five ESI Funds.

The work also includes simulations on the future impact of legislative innovations, and possible future costs and burden for the 2021-2027 programming period.

The publication can be accessed here.

November 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Towards a European Territorial Agenda Post 2020?

Derek Martin, Peter Schön and Peter Mehlbye just published an interesting paper on the future of the European Territorial Agenda. This is part of their engagement with the Territorial Thinkers, a platform supported by Spatial Foresight. In their Territorial Thinkers’ Briefing they argue for that dealing more explicitly and emphatically with the territorial dimension of EU policies is not an option but a necessity requiring concrete measures and actions. In this light, the revision of the Territorial Agenda 2020 into a post 2020, longer-term strategy on how to respond to this necessity is an important and urgent proposal. Drawing on latest ESPON results, this Briefing aims at supporting this initiative by providing many suggestions and ideas, some almost inevitable, some more ambitious and ‘out of the box’ than others, but all worth reflecting upon.

Download the Territorial Thinkers' Briefing 2018:03.

November 2018

NEW PUBLICATION: Strengthening of the strategic territorial dimension in ESIF regulations

In their Territorial Thinkers' Briefing Peter Mehlbye and Kai Böhme argue for strengthening of the strategic, territorial dimension in the proposed EC regulations, the Common Provisions Regulation (CRP), and the two regulations governing ERDF and European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) after 2020. The paper also provides concrete proposals and recommendations for the current debate on how to release additional development potential, more efficient investment spending and more European integration from territorial strategies, coordination and cooperation in ESIF programmes after 2020. The paper is the first in a new series of Territorial Thinkers' Briefings and has been developed in close cooperation with Derek Martin and Peter Schön.

October 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