The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

ESPON 2020
European Spatial Planning Observation Network



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

Projects with the BBSR as a contractor


Projects with the BBSR as a stakeholder

BT2050 - ESPON website

CE FLOWS - ESPON website

ESPON 2013 projects: more
ESPON 2006 projects: more

List of all ESPON 2020 projects

Specific Objective 1: Applied Research

ThemeLead contractorGerman contractors


BRIDGES - Territories with geographical specificities

Spatial Foresight, LuxembourgTCP-International


CIRCTER - Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences

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


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


DIGISER – Digital Innovation in Governance and Public Service Provision

Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC), Belgium


ESPON HERIWELL - Cultural Heritage as a Source of Societal Well-being in European Regions

Istituto per la ricerca sociale (IRS), ItalyEuropean Association of Cultural Researchers e. V. (ERICarts Network and Institute)


Geography of new employment dynamics in Europe

Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, Italy

ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development

Technische Universität Berlin


European Shrinking Rural Areas Challenges, Actions and Perspectives for Territorial Governance (ESCAPE)


ESPON QoL – Quality of Life Measurements and Methodology



Territorial Impacts of Natural Disasters ESPON TITAN

Tecnalia Research &--and Innovation, SpainTechnical University of Dortmund


European Territorial Reference Framework

Financial Instruments

Financial Instruments and Territorial Cohesion

University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Geography of COVID-19 outbreak

Geography of COVID-19-coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak and first policy answers in European regions and cities

EM Normandy Business School, France


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

Tecnalia, Spain

Interregional relations

Interregional relations in Europe

Navarra de Suelo Y Vivienda (NASUVINSA), SpainSpiekermann & Wegener


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


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

Territorial impacts of Covid-19

Territorial impacts of Covid-19 and policy answers in European regions and cities

EM Normandie Business School, Frankreich

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, PolandNordregio, Sweden

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

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

Spiekermann & Wegener (contractor)


BusDev - Business Development Opportunities at External EU Borders

Latgale Planning Region, LatviaSpatial Foresight, Luxembourg


CE FLOWS – Spatial dynamics and integrated territorial development scenarios for the functional area of Central Europe

The city of Vienna, Municipal Department for European Affairs, Joint Technical Secretariat of the Interreg Ccentral Europe Programme, AustriaVVA Brussels, Belgium

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

Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture, Strategic Spatial Planning, (stakeholder)


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)


DIGIPLAN - Evaluating Spatial Planning Practices with Digital Plan Data

Danish Business Authority, DenmarkUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark


eHealth - Future Digital Health in the EU

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


ERMES - ESPON European Research for Maritime Eco(nomic)clusters governance Strategy

Liguria Region, Department of Territorial Planning, Strategic Rail Infrastructures, Ports and Logistics Office, ItalyECORYS, Niederlande


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


IMAGINE - Developing a metropolitan-regional imaginary in Milan-Bologna urban region

Milan Metropolitan City, ItalyPolitecnico di Milano


LAKES - territorial analysis of spatial progress and integrated development opportunities of large lakes in Europe

Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency, HungarySpatial Foresight, Luxembourg

Bodensee-Stiftung (stakeholder)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (contractor)


LinkPas - Linking Networks of Protected Areas to Territorial Development

Abruzzo Region, ItalyUniversity of Tor Vergata, Italy


ESPON METRO | The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities

Metropolitan City of Turin, ItalyPolitecnico di Torino, Italy


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)


MISTA – Metropolitan Industrial Strategies &--and Economic Sprawl

City of Vienna, AustriaCity of Berlin (stakeholder)
Verband Region Stuttgart (stakeholder)


QGasSP - Quantitative Greenhouse Gas Impact Assessment Method for Spatial Planning Policy

Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly, IrelandTallinn University of Technology, Estonia


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


STISE - Sustainable Transport Infrastructure in the Strategic urban region Eurodelta

Province of Zuid-Holland, NetherlandsTractebel Engineering, Belgium

Metropolregion Rheinland (stakeholder)

Regionalverband Ruhr (stakeholder)

Rupprecht Consult (contractor)

Lahmeyer Deutschland GmbH (contractor)


TEVI - Territorial Evidence Support of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes

12 ETC (Interreg A and B) programmes, i. a. Deutschland-Nederland Programme (Intereg V A) Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria

TEVI 2050

TEVI2050 - Territorial Scenarios for the Danube and Adriatic Ionian Macro-regions


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)


TOURISM - Carrying capacity methodology for tourism

Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, SloveniaAustrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria


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

Accessibility by the sea indicators

Accessibility by the sea indicators

Accessiblity Scenarios

Scenarios for accessibility by the sea, road, rail, air and multimodal

Big Data

Big Data for Territorial Analysis and Housing Dynamics

Université Paris Diderot, UMS RIATE, France


ESPON 2020 Database Portal

University of Geneva, Switzerland


ESPON ACTAREA Tool - mapping soft territorial cooperation areas and initiatives

Spatial Foresight Gmbh, LuxembourgFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-NürnbergFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Monitoring Tool

European and Macro-regional Territorial Monitoring Tool



ESPON FUORE - Functional Urban Areas and Regions in Europe

Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona, Spain

ESPON HyperAtlas 3.0

ESPON HyperAtlas 3.0

Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria

SDG localising tool

SDG localising tool: Localising and measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities and regions

Technopolis Group, France


SoET - State of the European Territory Report

Civitta Strategy & Consulting S.A., Romania

Territorial indicators

Territorial indicators based on big data

Prognos AG, Germany

TIA Tool (Upgrade)

ESPON TIA Tool Upgrade

Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning (ÖIR), Austria

TIA Tool (2020-2022)

ESPON TIA Tool (2020-2022)

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

Transnational Outreach Support 2019–2022

Transnational Outreach Support 2019–2022

University of Gent, BelgiumFederal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development

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