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

NEW PUBLICATION: The territorial dimension of Europe's future - Veni, vidi, ...

Kai Böhme, Erik Gløersen and Maria Toptsidou from Spatial Foresight contributed with an article to Nordregio's News jubilee issue. The article starts with the close links of Nordregio to territorial policy development since its very beginning, reflecting then on the recent EU White Paper on the Future of Europe and highlighting its lacking territorial implications. The article concludes that spatial foresight is needed for more regional dvelopment and territorial policy design. You can download and read the article here.

July 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Union Cohesion Policy

Kai Böhme and Christian Lüer contributed to the recently published book "Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Cohesion Policy", edited by Eduardo Medeiros. In their chapter on "Assessing territorial impacts of future trends", Kai and Christian present an approach how the ESPON TIA tool can be used to assess and better understand territorial impacts of future trends and grand societal challenges. Drawing from results of the FP7 project FLAGSHIP, they present different examples of findings and provide lessons learned on next steps towards a territorial foresight approach. The book is available here.

July 2017

NEW PROJECT: Enhancement of financial instruments in Lithuania and Croatia

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by BGI Consulting that has been selected to support Lithuanian and Croatian authorities to enhance their capacities of financial instruments in consistency with other forms of public interventions. The project assesses the added value of financial instruments in relations to other government interventions in nine different policy sectors. Spatial Foresight is mostly responsible for capacity building and organises site visits in the two countries, trainings and final conferences.

June 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 study gives, inter alia, 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. You may download the German version of the final report here. The English version of the publication is forthcoming.

May 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Bioeconomy development in EU regions

Spatial Foresight contributed to the study “Bioeconomy development in EU regions” commissioned by DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) that maps priorities and activities of EU Member States (MS) and regions with regard to research and innovation on bioeconomy. This information helped to identify specialisation patterns, developing six different types of regional bioeconomy profiles. The study presents recommendations for better strategic planning, enhanced value-chain development, better knowledge transfer and skills and more efficient coordination of funding. The study was conducted together with SWECO, t33, ÖIR, Nordregio, INFYDE and Berman Group and you can download it here.

May 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: The future of Europe. And its territories? A response to the EC White Paper on the future of Europe

Spatial Foresight published a policy paper as a response to the EC White Paper on the future of EU 27 by 2025. In a time of an evolving world, the European Union finds itself in the middle of several crises and needs to take a decision on what future to choose. The EC White Paper presents five possible scenarios for the future of EU27 and aims to initiate a debate and discussion about which path to take. It however ignores the territorial effects that these scenarios hav on European regions and cities. The Spatial Foresight position paper gives a response to that and points at some possible territorial implications for each of the five scenarios of the White Paper. The aim is to raise awareness and launch another debate, this time highlighting that territory still matters when aimin at designing desirable futures for the EU and its citizens. You download and read the paper here.

April 2017

NEW PROJECT: EU - CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion

Spatial Foresight is part of a consortium led by Technopolis that has been selected to develop the EU-CELAC Innovact Platform on behalf of the European Commision (DG REGIO). This project is a major endeavour to systematise and structure the knowledge transfer from European countries and regions to Latin American (LATAM) cross-border regions in terms of regional innovation promotion, cross-border cooperation and territorial governance. Six Latin American countries (Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico) will benefit from capacity building and a strategic support to develop new value chains and regional innovation projects in cross-border regions. European regions and cross-border areas will be invited to offer their knowledge to the LATAM regions and to exploit opoortunities for new cooperations.

April 2017

NEW PUBLICATION: Entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral regions

Spatial Foresight contributed to the European Committee of the Regions' study on "Entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral regions”. The aim of the study was to analyse the particular challenges and obstacles faced by entrepreneurs and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) on islands and in other peripheral areas, including inner peripheries, when starting up and running a business. It identified and analysed good practices to foster resilience and to stimulate innovative and sustainable entrepreneurial development in these areas. The study was conducted together with t33 and ÖIR and you can download it here.

April 2017


NEW PUBLICATION: CoR Report on governance processes in SME policy

Spatial Foresight colleagues contributed to the CoR report on multi-level governance systems in support of SME and entrepreneurship policies. Spatial Foresight colleagues were responsible for data collection and analysis of the governance structure in 6 regions Brandenburg, Helsinki-Uusimaa, Southern Denmark, North Brabant, Flanders and Copenhagen.

The report identified three important governance aspects for effective process. (1) cooperation between public and private stakeholders, (2) target strategies creating a common vision between actors, and (3) a strong reflection on economic needs.

The report can be downloaded from the CoR’s website:

April 2017


Spatial Foresight colleagues have contributed to the recently published EGTC Monitoring Report by the CoR. The description of EGTCs is at the centre of the annual monitoring report. The report contains factsheets for each EGTC describing the main characteristics. The application of the the EGTC instrument is very dynamic. As of the end of 2016, 65 EGTCs exists in Europe, of which 5 were founded in 2016. More EGTCs may be expected in the next years. At the end of 2016, 23 EGTC under construction could be identified. Several of them are awaiting approval, with 2 of them being established already.

The report can be assessed through the CoR's webpage:

April 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