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:


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

The future of Europe, EU territorial cooperation and the butterfly effect

The European cities and regions prepare for the future. Today, the European Week of Regions and Cities start, where the future of Europe and its cities and regions will be debated. Today, also the 7th Cohesion Report has been presented, preparing for the future of EU Cohesion Policy. Its title, “My Region, My Europe, Our Future” already underlines that despite the territorial diversity, what happens in one place in Europe, even a small cause, has impacts on other places in Europe.

Our individual futures are part of a broader shared European future. We at Spatial Foresight believe that a shared European future needs a shared vision of a territorial future of Europe. This is the core point of our response to the white paper on the future of Europe (you can read more about it, here).

The 7th Cohesion Report also underlines the importance of territorial cooperation. We believe that territorial cooperation is a must - not a luxury - for all investments and policy themes.  Territorial cooperation - not just limited to Interreg - deserves even more emphasis in policy making. The forthcoming ESPON Territorial Review underlines that mainstreaming territorial cooperation in ESIF should be seriously considered in the preparation of Cohesion Policy post-2020.

Kai Böhme from Spatial Foresight, will present our key messages at the European Week of Regions and Cities in the sessions “Towards the 2030 Agenda: A Territorial Foresight Approach” on Wednesday (14:30-17:00) and “European Territorial Review: Territorial Cohesion Beyond borders” on Thursday” (09:00-13:00).

You can follow the debate also on Spatial Foresight's LinkedIn account at Spatial Foresight's Twitter account.

October, 2017

NEW PROJECT: Evaluation of the Channel cross-border cooperation programme

Spatial Foresight is part of a winning consortium led by t33 that will, over the next five years, evaluate the implementation and impact of the Interreg France (Channel) England programme. The project team will assist the programme with establishing the best methodology for conducting the implementation evaluation, with quality reviewing the results of the evaluation, and with the assessment of the feasibility of some of the proposals for improving implementation. In the impact evaluation the extent to which the programme has achieved the intended change  on the programme area will be assessed through quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, the future of cooperation between stakeholders in the France Channel England Programme area after the UK’s exit from the EU will be explored.

September 2017

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 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