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: EU Territorial Review

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a contract to elaborate the ESPON EU Territorial Review Report. The report aims at communicating the main territorial development trends in relation to key European challenges and highlighting specific patterns of development in cities, rural areas, specific regions and macro-regions in Europe. It will also present innovative ideas and reflections on EU post 2020, focusing mainly on the objective of the European territorial cooperation. For this, three thematic workshops with a selected pool of experts will be organised. The report will cover the entire ESPON space and, if relevant, other territories and include observations and key policy recommendations. The EU Territorial Review Report will also be developed in an interactive digital format for web publishing, building on ESPON’s comparative advantage of tailor-made territorial support at different geographical levels. The interactive web version will be conducted together ADM Interactive OÜ.

February 2017

NEW PROJECT: Urban nodes in transnational transport

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a study on the role of urban nodes in Germany in the context of transnational transport and their potential opportunities for strategic development. For this project, first the current status of the 13 German urban nodes is to be analysed. Based on this, proposals will be developed how urban nodes can further develop their strategic approaches and learn from each other. The project will be conducted by Spatial Foresight, Rupprecht Consult (lead partner) and TCP International.

February 2017

Spatial Foresight now on Twitter

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NEW PUBLICATION: Gold-plating in the European Structural and Investment Funds

The European Parliament just published a stud on gold-plating in ESIF which Spatial Foresight conducted involving a wide team of partners. Gold-plating describes additional rules and regulatory obligations that go beyond the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) requirements set out at European Union (EU) level, and that make the implementation of ESIF more costly and burdensome for programme bodies and beneficiaries. The study analyses gold-plating in all five funds and discusses the presence, reasons and effects of gold-plating in ESIF. It concludes with pointers for action to reduce gold-plating in the current 2014-2020 and in the post 2020 programming period. The study is available to download here.

January 2017

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


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