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:


Spatial Foresight offers paid internships to work on ongoing projects concerning the future Europe. Find out more at

December 2016

NEW PROJECT: Improving regional and local governance of SME and entrepreneurship policy

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by t33 that is contractor to a Multiple Framework Service Contract for the realisation of socio-economic studies on behalf of the European Committee of the Regions. In the frame of this contract, a study on "How to improve regional and local governance of SME and entrepreneurship policy" was issued. Spatial Foresight will contribute to this study by conducting case studies on several European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER) in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands.

January 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Europe's territorial futures between daydreams and nightmares

The article "Europe's territorial futures between daydreams and nightmares" by Kai Böhme and Christian Lüer has been published by the Polish Academy of Science.

The article discusses a changing Europe. Grand societal challenges which shape the European development have a considerable influence on our governance systems and the possible development paths in different parts of Europe, its regions and cities. Based on the results of the FP7 research project FLAGSHIP, this article discusses possible governance and territorial futures for Europe – constantly balancing between daydreams and nightmares. The end of this article contains a plea for shared territorial vision for Europe.

Would you like to react on this article, please feel free to submit your vision on Europe through our imagine Europe initiative.

January 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Policy evidence for a European strategy of sustainable development in mountain regions

The article “What Policy Evidence for a European Strategy of Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions?” was just published by Erik Gløersen together with Clemens Mader (University of Zurich, Sustainability Team Engelbert Ruoss) and Engelbert Ruoss (Global Regions Initiative) in the Journal of Alpine Research.

The article explores the hypothesis that a key obstacle to an integrated European policy for mountain areas is the lack of an appropriate evidence-base. With an appropriate evidence-base, European Cohesion Policy could pro-actively address market failures that limit sustainable resource management in mountain regions. Two alternative types of evidence-base are proposed: the Nexus Model and the Sustainability Profile Matrix.

January 2017

NEW PROJECT: EGTC Monitoring Report 2016

Spatial Foresight has received a request from the Committee of the Regions to develop the EGTC Monitoring Report 2016. This is the first request for services under the framework contract in the field of Cohesion Policy. The monitoring report will analyse the implementation of the EGTC regulation in national legislation, elaborate on the activities of EGTCs during 2016 with a special focus on their involvement in implementing ESIF and European Territorial Cooperation programmes and projects in particular. The specific thematic focus of this year's monitoring report is on the analysis of the impact of the Schengen area crisis on the functioning of EGTCs. Spatial Foresight will coordinate the project. Other partners involved in this assignment are ÖIR and t33.

December 2016

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.

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.

November 2016


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