Dr Erik Gløersen

partner & head of Paris office
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Dr Erik Gløersen is a senior consultant and director of the Paris located subsidiary Spatial Foresight France.

His work focuses on European territorial policies and the analysis of social and economic trends at the regional and local scales. He has extensive experience collecting and analyzing European data, as he has co-ordinated the compilation of the first pan-European database at municipal level as well as numerous other data gathering exercises.

The main objective of the quantitative work is to provide stakeholders and decision-makers with inputs that facilitate the dialogue and help designing more efficient policies. Communication is therefore of key importance. Beyond the technical mastery of geographic information systems (GIS) and graphic design software, Erik Gløersen has wide experience designing maps and figures that effectively communicate analytical results to non-specialists.

One field of particular interest is economic and social development in areas with geographic specificities such as mountains, islands and sparsely populated areas. Erik has coordinated a series of transnational projects on this theme, such as the European Commission study on Mountain regions, the Foresight process for the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas and the ongoing ESPON project on Territorial Diversity.

Erik Gløersen has eight years experience working for the Nordic research centre on territorial development Nordregio. In parallel to his activities for Spatial Foresight, he also works as a researcher at the University of Geneva. His academic qualifications include a PhD from the University of Rennes, an MA in Human Geography from the University of Sussex, a MA in Model Theory from the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and an MSc in Geographic Information Science from the French Ecole Nationale des Sciences Géographiques.


Zillmer, S., Gløersen, E., Alessandrini, M., Fratini, A., Ivanov, B., Hagemann, K., Mäder Furtado, M. (2023). Effective decentralisation in the context of the European Semester and beyond. Brussels: European Committee of the Regions. Download.


Böhme, K. & Gløersen, E. (2023) Territorial Agenda 2030: Implementation Review. Brussels: European Parliament, Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies. Read


Gløersen, E. (2022). Cohesion Policy in Northernmost Regions of the EU. Brussels: European Parliament, Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies. Download.


Gløersen, E., Mäder Furtado, M., Gorny, H., Münch, A., Alessandrini, M., Bettini, C. (2022). Implementing the European Green Deal: Handbook for Local and Regional Governments. Brussels: European Committee of the Regions, Commission for the Environment, Climate Change and Energy. Download.


Gløersen, E., Toptsidou, M., Mäder Furtado, M., Chorafa, V., Nikitaridis, M. (2022). Cohesion Policy design and implementation in an island context: Evidence and policy perspectives from the North Aegean in Greece. Luxembourg: ESPON. Download.


Gløersen, E., Anzoise, V., Zillmer, S., Audin, J., Li, Y. (2018): Experiments with participative approaches to sustainable urban planning in the three selected Chinese cities. In: Aveline-Dubach, N. (Ed.): Pathways of sustainable urban development across China. The cases of Hangzhou, Datong and Zhuhai. p.123-144. Download


Böhme, K., Gløersen, E., Toptsidou, M. (2017). The European Dimension of Europe's Future - Veni, vidi, ... .Nordregio News. 20 years of regional development, 2017, no.2. Nordregio, pp.17. Download.


Toptsidou, M., Böhme, K., Gløersen, E., Haarich, S. & Hans, S. (2017). Added Value of macro-regional strategies. Interact Programme. Download.


Gløersen, E., Mader, C. & Ruoss, E. (2016). What Policy Evidence for a European Strategy of Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions?. Journal of Alpine Research 104 (3). Download.


Gløersen, E., Drăgulin, M., Haarich, S., Zillmer, S., Holstein, F., Lüer, C. & Hans, S. (2016). Services of General Interest in the Funding Period 2014-2020. European Parliament. Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies. Download.


Gløersen, E., Drăgulin, M., Hans, S., Kaucic, J., Schuh, B., Keringer, F. & Celotti, P. (2016). The impact of demographic change on European regions. Brussels: Committee of the Regions.


Böhme, K., Zillmer, S., Toptsidou, M., Holstein, F., Lüer, C. & Gløersen, E. (2014). A Territorial Perspective on the Europe 2020 Strategy: Contribution to European Public Consultation Process (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 4). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.


ESPON, Gløersen, E., Michelet, J., Böhme, K. & Madeira, N. (2014). Progress towards the Territorial Agenda of the European Union 2020 (Territorial Monitoring Report). Luxembourg: ESPON Coordination Unit.


Gløersen, E., Bausch, T., Hurel, H., Pfefferkorn, W., Dal Fiore, F. & Zavodnik-Lamovšek, A. (2013). Strategy Development for the Alpine Space - Final Report. Alpine Space Programme.


Gløersen, E., Gundersen, F. & Foss, O. (2013). ESPON: europeisk regionalforskning med relevans for Norge? PLAN, (6), pp. 34–41.


Jæger, S., Böhme, K. & Gløersen, E. (2013). Exploring Big Data for analysing territorial development. In Science in support of European Territorial Development and Cohesion, pp. 146–152. Luxembourg: ESPON. Download.


Gløersen, E. (2012a). La Finlande, la Norvège, la Suède face au projet d’une Europe polycentrique. La centralité à la marge de l’Europe. Rennes: Presse Universitaires de Rennes.


Gløersen, E. (2012b). Renewing the Theory and Practice of European Applied Territorial Research on Mountains, Islands and Sparsely Populated Areas. Regional Studies, 46(4), pp. 443–457.


Gløersen, E., Lähteenmäki-Smith, K. & Dubois, A. (2012). Polycentricity in Transnational Planning Initiatives: ESDP applied or ESDP reinvented? In W. Zonneveld, J. de Vries, & L. Janssen-Jansen (Eds.), European Territorial Governence, pp. 237–262. Delft: IOS Press.


Böhme, K. & Gløersen, E. (2011). Territorial Cohesion Storylines: Understanding a Policy Concept (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 1). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.


Gløersen, E. (2011). Cartographie et spécificités géographiques: enjeux liés à cette mise enperspective de l’espace européen / Cartography and geographic specificities: issues related to this perspective on European space. In O. Walser, L. Thévoz, B. Debarbieux, Q.-H. Dao, M. Schuler, S. Joost, & F. Joerin (Eds.), Les SIG au service du développement territorial, pp. 77–88. Lausanne: Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes.


Gløersen, E. & Böhme, K. (2011). Storylines on Territorial Cohesion. Nordregio News, (1), pp. 9–15.


Gløersen, E. (2009a). L’aménagement dans les espaces nordiques de faible densité/Territorial planning policies in Nordic sparsely populated areas. In Y. Jean & G. Baudelle, L’Europe: aménager les territoiresCollection U, , pp. 254–267. Paris: Armand Collin.


Gløersen, E. (2009b). Policy road map for the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas. Nordregio. Download.


Gløersen, E. (2009c). Strong, Specific and Promising Towards a Vision for the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas in 2020 (No. 2009:2), p. 80. Nordregio. Download.


Gløersen, E. (2008a). Aluminium smelter in Greenland. Journal of Nordregio, 8, pp. 10–11.


Gløersen, E. (2008b). La place des ‘périphériques nordiques’ dans la construction européenne: processus politiques en cours et enjeux de connaissance. Nordiques, 2008(17), pp. 9–26.


Schürmann, C., Dubois, A., Gløersen, E., Grasland, C., Hanell, T. & Zanin, C. (2008). Disparitäten und Kohäsion in Europa - Eine Untersuchung regionaler Entwicklungsunterschiede innerhalb der EU. Raumplanung, (136), pp. 27–31.


Gløersen, E. (2007). Towards an improved understanding of urban profiles and polycentric development potentials: reflections on ESPON 1.1.1. In N. Cattan (Ed.), Cities and networks in Europe - a critical approach of polycentrism, pp. 27–38. Montrouge: John Libbey Eurotext.


Gløersen, E., Lähteenmäki-Smith, K. & Dubois, A. (2007). Polycentricity in Transnational Planning Initiatives: ESDP applied or ESDP reinvented? Planning Practice and Research, 22(3), pp. 417–437.


Gløersen, E. (2006a). A first step towards an improved understanding of urban profiles and polycentric development potentials. In European Territorial Research. Luxembourg: ESPON.


Gløersen, E. (2006b). Let’s Say Farewell to the Pentagon-model. Journal of Nordregio, 6(No. 3 December 2006), pp. 11–14.


Gløersen, E., Dubois, A., Copus, A. & Schürmann, C. (2006). Northern Peripheral, Sparsely Populated Regions in the European Union and in Norway. Nordregio.


Gløersen, E. (2005). Faut-il des visions spatiales pour construire une Europe polycentrique ? (Territoires 2030 No. 1). Paris: Datar.


Gløersen, E. & Schürmann, C. (2004). Polycentric Visions on the Urban Landscape. Journal of Nordregio, 4(No. 4 December 2004), pp. 16–19.


Price, M. F., Lysenko, I. & Gløersen, E. (2004). La délimitation des montagnes européennes. Revue de Géographie Alpine, pp. 61–74


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