Spatial Foresight


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: Spatial observation system in the German-Danish cross-border area

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium that has been awarded a contract to identify and assess the need for a joint spatial observation system in the German-Danish cross-border area. For this purpose two events are to be organised: (i) A regional workshop to involve various stakeholders, reaching from line departments, planning authorities and statistical offices to chambers of industry and commerce, universities, tourism and environmental associations, and identify their interests and needs; (ii) a focus group with experts from different statistical institutions as potential data providers to discuss and further develop the results of the regional workshop. The project will be conducted by Spatial Foresight and RRG Spatial Planning and Geoinformation in Oldenburg i.H.

December 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Functional integration in support of territorial cohesion

To celebrate their 30th anniversary EUROCITIES opened a call for thought-provoking contributions on the future of cities to generate a new debate on the role of cities in addressing future challenges. In response to this call Christian Lüer and Frank Holstein drafted a paper on functional integration as a tool for urban areas to deliver territorial cohesion.

Today's daily socio-economic activities are not bound to administrative boundaries, but are rather polycentric at European level or metropolitan at local and regional levels. The paper discusses three examples of successful functional integration in the frame cohesion policy. These examples could support delivering territorial cohesion.

Lüer, C. & F. Holstein (2016). Functional integration as a tool for urban areas to deliver territorial cohesion. EUROCITIES Making cities. Visions for an urban Future, pp. 74-83.

November 2016

NEW PROJECT: Committee of the Regions - Framework contract on Cohesion Policy

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a framework contract for studies in the field of Cohesion Policy commissioned by the Committee of the Regions. Studies requested shall support the rapid response capability of the Committee of the Regions and will support the development of opinions. Topics potentially to be covered include economic, social and territorial cohesion, ESIF, spatial planning, macro-regions, territorial cooperation and regional statistics and indicators. The framework contract will be coordinated by Spatial Foresight and the studies will be elaborated in cooperation with t33, ÖIR, MCRIT and Sweco.

NEW PROJECT: Monitoring needs in the European Strategy for the Alpine Region

The European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is the most recent macro-regional strategy in Europe. It targets an increased cooperation within the Alpine region in order to better address challenges and to promote a  balanced territorial development. The assignment shall help the EUSALP players to develop a framework for monitoring and identify relevant indicators. The key element of the assignment is an interactive workshop that will be held with EUSALP stakeholders in late November 2016.

NEW PROJECT: ESPON brief on territories with geographic specificities

Spatial Foresight has been asked to help the ESPON EGTC to draft a policy brief on specific types of territories. This brief will provide the forthcoming Maltese Presidency with evidence on the current situation and recent trends in islands, mountains, sparsely populated regions and coastal regions in Europe. Many of these territories are in a favourable position from an economic, social and ecological perspective. However, they all require special attention when it comes to spatial planning and regional development to address challenges and opportunities associated with their specificities. The project will benchmark regions concerned by such specificities from an economic and social point of view. It will also focus specifically on accessibility, building on results from an ongoing service contract on “Scenarios for accessibility by the sea, road, rail, air and multimodal”. The output will inform policy debates on territorial development in these parts of Europe, and contribute to improved territorial observation and territorial analyses in the framework of the ESPON 2020 Programme.

NEW PUBLICATION: Infographic on the implementation of the partnership in 2014-2020 ERDF

Recently DG Regio from the European Commission published a study on the implementation of the partnership principle and multi-level governance in 2014-2020 ESIF programmes (link). Spatial Foresight contributed to this study and has captured some of the main findings in an infographic. The infographic shows the differences in partnership composition, the main benefits and main challenges of the partnership in programming. Please click on the image to go the Spatial Foresigh't publication page and for downloading the infographic.


November 2016

NEW PROJECT: INTERREG North-West Europe evaluation

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a framework contract to develop an integrated evaluation system for the INTERREG North-West Europe Programme 2014-2020. Within the scope of this contract, Spatial Foresight will offer the necessary support to implement the evaluation of the two-step approach to project selection, the operational evaluation to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the programme funding and the final impact evaluation on all three programme priority axes. The project will be coordinated by Spatial Foresight in cooperation with t33.

November 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Macro-regional strategies in changing times

Input from Spatial Foresight has been used in the new Interact publication "Macro-regional strategies in changing times - EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSALP and EUSAIR headed towards the future together".

This presentation of all four existing macro-regional strategies includes an interview with Kai Böhme on future perspectives for the EUSBSR and two articles based on reports produced by Spatial Foresight - Future of Europe and macro-regional strategies and Ways for better cooperation and more efficient coordination of funding.

November 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Looking towards 2030. Preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future

In preparation of the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Stratege for the Baltic Sea Region, Spatial Foresight together with MDI has drafted a report on major global trends affecting the Baltic Sea Region until 2030 and their implications for the strategy. The report ‘Looking towards 2030: preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future’ is available here. Besides the full report looking at 14 large societal and value changes, 21 specific trends and 14 wildcards, there is also a shorter easy to read summary report. The report is a contribution to preparations for a future where many of the challenges and opportunities the Baltic Sea Region will meet would be better addressed through deepened cooperation. On the 8th of November Kai Böhme (Spatial Foresight) and Janne Antikainen (MDI) will present the key findings of the report during the Opening Session of the Strategy Forum.

October 2016

Imagine Europe

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