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:

PROJECT INSIGHTS: Sustainable urban development and urban planning under the EUAID China R&I Partnership

Spatial Foresight staff Erik Gløersen and Sabine Zillmer have conducted a 2nd training session on sustainable urban development workshops in China between September 18 and 23. This was done in the frame of the MEDIUM project, funded by the EU-China Research and Innovation Partnership on sustainable urban development.

It included an excursion to the city of Zhuhai as well as a three days training workshop with about 20 post-graduate and PhD students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. During this training the students were trained to develop and hold participative stakeholder workshops, through exercises focusing on the city of Zhuhai. Their newly acquired competence will allow them to organise workshops with stakeholders of urban development in this city over the coming months. This will be done in cooperation with Zhuhai’s planning authority, and should help to prepare the revision of its Master Plan in 2017.

September 2016

NEW EVENT: Focus group on the added value of EU macro-regional strategies

ESIF and other programmes and funding sources contribute to the four EU macro-regional strategies, EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EU Strategy for the Danube Region, EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region and EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. What is the benefit of this contribution for the programmes and funding sources, and the projects they fund?

Spatial Foresight together with INTERACT organise a focus group on 27 October in Brussels to discuss the benefits macro-regional strategies offer to programmes and projects. Participation is free of charge for registered participants. More information about the programme and details about your registration can be found at:

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

Call for internships

Spatial Foresight offers one or two paid internships to work on ongoing project concerning the future Europe. Find out more at 

August 2016

NEW PUBLICATION: Review of Adopted ETC Programmes

Spatial Foresight has contributed to a review of adopted European Territorial Cooperation Programmes (ETC). The European Parliament’s REGI Committee has published the report of this study. The report offers insights on the strategic choices made by Member States and programme authorities for programme content and management, synergies with other EU, national and regional level instruments, implementing tools and simplification measures foreseen by the regulations. Spatial Foresight team member’s have in particular contributed to the chapters on Synergies between ETC programmes and other planning instruments and ETC Programme management structures.

Levralet, F., Perku, A., Lorgeoux, E., Brignani, N., Wills, T.J.B., Zillmer, S., Holstein, F. & Stumm, T. (2016). Review of Adopted European Territorial Cooperation Programmes. European Parliament. Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies.

July 2016

NEW PROJECT: Monitoring indicators and targets in the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first macro-regional strategy in Europe. It aims at reinforcing cooperation within the region to face several challenges by working together as well as promoting a more balanced development in the area. The assignment on monitoring indicators and targets in the EUSBSR shall take stock of the situation as regards the monitoring of the objectives and sub-objectives of the EUSBSR by making use relevant indicators, identify monitoring needs by key stakeholders, allowing it to feed the results into the establishment of a macro-regional monitoring system. The main element of this analysis is an interactive workshop with relevant players taking place in late June 2016.

July 2016

NEW PROJECT: Added value of macro-regional cooperation: Collecting practice examples

The added value of macro-regional cooperation has been debated for many years and in different contexts. All these debates have shown that there is need for more solid evidence on the actual added value. INTERACT has commissioned Spatial Foresight to conduct a study to collect evidence on the added value of the macro-regional strategies for the Baltic Sea Region and the Danube Region. The primary focus is on concrete projects and the added value both for the funding programmes involved and the macro-regions in general.

July 2016

NEW PROJECT: Interreg Central Europe Evaluation

Spatial Foresight has been awarded the operational evaluation of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2014 - 2020 Programme. Supported by t33, Spatial Foresight will evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programme management and implementation, appraise the appropriate functioning of the programme management settings, and carry out a first assessment of the Programme's mid-term progress towards the achievement of its objectives. An effective method mix will applied, consisting of desk research, in-depth interviews with programme stakeholders, a participatory action research and co-design approach to the evaluation of programme management settings and processes and a systemic approach to the assessment of the programme's governance structures.

July 2016

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

In the implementation of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) European as well as national and sub-national regulatory frameworks need to be applied. In some cases there are national, regional or local rules and regulations (or failures to apply simplification measures) which make European Union legislation unnecessarily complicated and hence costly when implemented in the Member States. This is understood as gold-plating. To better understand the nature of gold-plating the European Parliament has commissioned a study on gold-plating in ESI Funds and its impacts on the administrative work and burden for programme bodies and beneficiaries under all five ESI Funds (ERDF, CF, ESF, EAFRD, EMFF). The study will address a range of questions through the combination of different methodologies that includes a general overview on all 28 EU Member States and some in-depth studies for selected countries. The study will be led by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with ÖIR and t33.

July 2016

NEW PROJECT: Mapping Research and Innovation Plans&Strategies for Smart Specialisation on Bioeconomy

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a study for DG RESEARCH & INNOVATION regarding the "Mapping of EU Member States'/Regions' Research and Innovation Plans & Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) on Bioeconomy for 2014-2020". The study will generate evidence on the intended activities in EU Member States regarding their strategic bioeconomy focus. Successful regional research and innovation initiatives related to the bioeconomy and their transfer potentials shall be identified as well as corresponding bottlenecks and gaps. The study will be led by Spatial Foresight and conducted in collaboration with SWECO, Nordregio, INFYDE, Berman Group, t33 and ÖIR.

June 2016