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ESPON 2020
European Spatial Planning Observation Network



Currently, the following projects are carried out under the ESPON 2020 Programme.

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Specific Objective 1: Applied Research

ThemeLead contractorGerman contractors


CIRCTER - Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, SpainWuppertal Institut fur Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH


Geography of new employment dynamics in Europe

Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, ItalyTechnische Universität Berlin


European Territorial Reference Framework

Financial Instruments

Financial Instruments and Territorial Cohesion

University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom


GRETA - Green infrastructure: Enhancing biodiversity and ecosysTem services for territoriAl development

Tecnalia, Spain


PROFECY Inner Peripheries: national territories facing challenges of access to basic services of general interest

University of Valencia, Spain

ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development

TCP International


MIGRARE - Impacts of Refugee Flows to Territorial Development in Europe

VVA Europe, ItalyBastian A. Vollmer


LOCATE - Territories and low-carbon economy

Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), AustriaFraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in European Regions and Cities

Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria


COMPASS - Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL)

ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development


SUPER - Sustainable Urbanization and land-use Practices in European Regions

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), NiederlandeFederal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (contractor)

Technological Transformation & Transitioning of Regional Economies

Technological Transformation & Transitioning of Regional Economies

Territorial Foresight Studies

Possible European Territorial Futures

Spatial Foresight, LuxembourgSpiekermann & Wegener


BRIDGES - Territories with geographical specificities

Spatial Foresight, Luxembourg

World in Europe

The World in Europe: global FDI flows towards Europe

Copenhagen Economics A/S, Denmark


YUTRENDS - Youth unemployment: territorial trends and regional resilience

ICON-INSTITUT Public Sector GmbH, Germany

Specific Objective 2: Targeted Analyses

ThemeLead stakeholderLead contractorGerman stakeholders and contractors


ACPA - Adapting European Cities to Population Ageing: Policy Challenges and Best Practices

Greater Manchester Combined Authority/Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, United KingdomEcorys Nederland B.V., Netherlands


ACTAREA - Thinking and Planning in Areas of Territorial Cooperation

Bundesamt für Raumentwicklung (ARE), SwitzerlandSpatial Foresight GmbH, Luxembourg

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (stakeholder)

International Spatial Development Commission "Bodensee" (Lake Constance), (stakeholder)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) (contractor)


Alps2050 – Common Spatial Perspectives for the Alpine Area. Towards a Common Vision

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, GermanyFriedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany


BIG DATA - Potentials of big data for integrated territorial policy development in the European growth corridors

The Regional Council of Southwest Finland, FinlandUniversity of Turku, Finland


BT2050 - Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region

Ministry of Economic Development, PolandPolish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation, Poland

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (stakeholder)

Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (stakeholder)

Spiekermann & Wegener (contractor)


CPS - Cross-border Public Services

Region Sønderjylland - Schleswig Joint Secretariat &--und Infocenter, GermanySpatial Foresight, Luxembourg

EuRegio Salzburg Berchtesgadener Land Traunstein (stakeholder)

Euregio Bayerischer Wald - Böhmerwald - Unterer Inn e.V. (stakeholder)

Kommunalgemeinschaft Euroregion Oberes Elbtal/Osterzgebirge e.V. (stakeholder)

TCP International GmbH (contractor)

IPoP-Institute for Spatial Policies (contractor)


eHealth - Future Digital Health in the EU

Ministry of Finance, Regional Development Department, EstoniaTechnopolis Group Eesti, Estonia


ENSURE - EuropeaN Sustainable Urbanisation through port city REgeneration

Cork City Council, IrelandRamboll Management Consulting, Belgium


HERITAGE - The Material Cultural Heritage as a Strategic Territorial Development Resource: Mapping Impacts Through a Set of Common European Socio-economic Indicators

Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, NorwayValdani Vicari & Associati, Italy


LinkPas - Linking Networks of Protected Areas to Territorial Development

Abruzzo Region, ItalyTechnopolis Group Eesti, Estonia


MIGRATUP - Territorial and Urban Potentials Connected to Migration and Refugee Flows

Emilia-Romagna Region, Managing Authority of the INTERREG V B Adriatic Ionian Cooperation Programme (ADRION), ItalyUniversity of Bologna, Italy


MSP-LSI - Maritime spatial planning and land-sea interactions

Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalisation of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GermanyUniversity of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (stakeholder)

Ecologic Institute, (contractor)


ReSSI - Regional strategies for sustainable and inclusive territorial development - Regional interplay and EU dialogue

Coventry City Council, United KingdomCoventry University, United Kingdom
SHARING - Stocktaking and assessment of typologies of Urban Circular Collaborative Economy initiatives
The city of The Hague, NetherlandsVVA Brussels sprl, Belgium


SPIMA - Spatial dynamics and strategic planning in metropolitan areas

City of Oslo, NorwayStichting Wageningen Research (Alterra), Netherlands


TEVI - Territorial Evidence Support of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

12 ETC (Interreg A and B) programmesAustrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria


TIA CBC - Territorial Impact Assessment for Cross-Border Cooperation

Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG A programme Germany - the Netherlands (c/o Euregio Rhine-Waal), GermanyAustrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), AustriaMinistry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine- Westphalia (Managing Authority) (stakeholder)


URRUC - Urban-rural connections in non-metropolitan areas

Scarborough Borough Council, United KingdomCentre for Business in Society, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Specific Objective 3: Monitoring and Tools

ThemeLead contractorGerman contractors

Big Data

Big Data for Territorial Analysis and Housing Dynamics

Université Paris Diderot, UMS RIATE, France


ESPON 2020 Database Portal

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Monitoring Tool

European and Macro-regional Territorial Monitoring Tool


FUA Tool

ESPON FUA tool - Functional Urban Areas and Regions in Europe

Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona, Spanien

TIA Tool (Upgrade)

ESPON TIA Tool Upgrade

Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria

Specific Objective 4: Transnational Outreach

ThemeLead contractorGerman contractors

Transnational Outreach Support 2016-2019

Transnational Outreach Support 2016-2019

INOVA+, Portugal