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

Experiences and challenges on social services of general interest and territorial cohesion

On 13th November, Spatial Foresight's Senior Consultant Erik Gløersen made a presentation on "Cohesion Policy and Services of General Interest" at the international seminar “Social services of general interest and territorial cohesion: experiences and challenges” organised in Evora by the Portuguese Cohesion and Development Agency.

The programme of the international seminar is available through this link

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Providing input for a territorial impact assessment of Brexit

Spatial Foresgiht contributes to a study for the European Committee of the Regions that aims at providing input for the preparation of the Territorial Impact Assessment of Brexit on regions and cities. We will conduct a regional case study in Germany and analyse the specific impact of Brexit. The study is led by t33 (IT, lead partner) and conducted in cooperation with Spatial Foresight and ÖIR. 

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: Study on cross-border services

Spatial Foresight is leading a consortium that has been awarded the ESPON targeted analysis study on cross-border services (ESPON CPS). This study aims to identify existing and missing cross-border services along EU borders and to elaborate future needs and potential for setting-up cross-border public services. The project will be conducted in cooperation with five partners: EureConsult (LU), TCP International (DE), University of Lisbon, IGOT (PT), IPoP (SI) and Nordregio (SE).

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: EGTCs - Support in their preparation

Spatial Foresight has been awarded a contract to provide support to EGTC foundations. The project has been commissioned by the Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung, BBSR, to further develop solutions for stakeholders engaged in the foundation of an EGTC. Different questions arising for stakeholders regarding the internal relations of the EGTC as required in articles 8 and 9 of the EGTC regulation will be discussed in detail. Selected foundation processes with German participation may receive individual support to solve certain legal aspects that are of interest also for other EGTCs and that can help to reduce the complexity and high burden for EGTC foundations. Against this background, the project furthermore seeks to promote the exchange of experience between recently founded EGTCs and EGTCs in foundation, respectively. The project will be conducte together with the legal advisers from Hempel Krzymuski Partner.

November 2017

NEW PROJECT: BRIDGES - Territories with geographical specificities

Spatial Foresight leads a new project on territories with geographical specificities. ESPON BRIDGES marks the start of a new phase in the analysis of territories with geographical specificities (TGS): mountain regions, islands, sparsely populated areas and coastal areas. The focus is not on whether TGS are lagging or not, but rather how they may develop in an increasingly integrated Single Market, and more generally in a context of economic globalisation.This implies enhanced exposure to internaitonal competition, deregulation and fiscal competition between countries, leading to limited public budgets. ESPON BRIDGES focuses on how 'spatially blind' policies, different types of market failures and path dependencies lead to a sub-optimal use of human and natural resources in TGS.

October 2017

NEW PROJECT: Evaluation of the Channel cross-border cooperation programme

Spatial Foresight is part of a winning consortium led by t33 that will, over the next five years, evaluate the implementation and impact of the Interreg France (Channel) England programme. The project team will assist the programme with establishing the best methodology for conducting the implementation evaluation, with quality reviewing the results of the evaluation, and with the assessment of the feasibility of some of the proposals for improving implementation. In the impact evaluation the extent to which the programme has achieved the intended change  on the programme area will be assessed through quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, the future of cooperation between stakeholders in the France Channel England Programme area after the UK’s exit from the EU will be explored.

September 2017

NEW PROJECT: Improving the impact of territorial area wide cooperation in Adriatic-Ionian region

Spatial Foresight has been awarded by the OECD LEED office in Trento (Italy) to perform an study on area wide cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian Region. The study aims at contributing to a more effective cooperation in the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region through fostering integrated local development and improving the consistency and the effectiveness between the macro-regional strategy and Interreg programmes in the area.

More detailed information on this project as well as other current and past projects can be found in the website's project section.

August 2017

NEW PROJECT: Evaluation of EEA projects in Spain

Spatial Foresight has been awarded to perform an evaluation of EEA projects for the Spanish Ministry of Finance. EEA Grants are a financial mechanism of the European Economic Area. Spain was entitled to these grants until now. Spatial Foresight will perform the final evaluation of the Spanish National Programme 2009-2014.

More detailed information on this project as well as other current and past projects can be found in the website's project section.

August 2017

PROJECT UPDATE: joint online platform for spatial observation in the German-Danish border area

After the need for a joint territorial monitoring system for the German-Danish cross-border area has been identified in the first phase, Spatial Foresight has now been awarded a follow-up contract to prepare the establishment of a joint online platform for spatial observation in the border area. This includes technical aspects, cost estimates and the identification of priorities as starting points for the platform. Spatial Foresight will conduct the project with RRG Spatial Planning and Geoinformation in Oldenburg i.H.

August 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 English version of the final report is now available here.

The report provides 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.

August 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