Applied Research Activities
The ESPON EGTC will
tender 7 new applied research activities:
1. Financial instruments and territorial cohesion
infrastructures and ecosystem services
territorial reference framework towards 2050
unemployment: territorial trends and regional resilience
economy and territorial consequences
of migrants and refugees
with geographical specificities
Further information at the ESPON Website.
Inception Report of COMPASS
In the late 1990’s the
European Commission published the ‘EU Compendium on Spatial Planning Systems
and Policies’ which covered the 15 EU member states at that time. Since then
there have been significant developments in pan-European territorial and
The ESPON Applied
Research activity COMPASS – Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and
Spatial Planning Systems in Europe, shall answer three main policy questions:
- What changes in territorial governance and
spatial planning systems and policies can be observed across Europe over the
past 15 years? Can these changes be attributed to the influence of macro-level
EU directives and policies?
- What are best-practices for cross-fertilisation
of spatial and territorial development policies with EU Cohesion Policy?
- How can national/regional spatial and
territorial development policy perspectives
be better reflected in Cohesion Policy and other policies at the EU scale?
The lead contractor,
TU Delft (NL) and the 24 partners, delivered the Inception Report which
provides a description of the conceptual and methodological framework, an
overview of qualitative data and other documentary sources to be collected and
Report is available at the ESPON Website.
Interim Report of ESPON Locate
One of the major
challenges Europe’s regions and cities are confronted with is climate change
and its potential physical, social, economic, environmental and cultural
impacts. Climate change adaptation measures should help to moderate harmful
effects and/or exploit beneficial opportunities for cities and regions.
The ESPON Applied
Research activity Locate – Territories and low-carbon economy, shall answer
three main policy questions:
- What do energy
consumption patterns look like in European regions and cities? How have they
changed over the past 10 years?
- Are there particular
types of regions and cities that find it easier in making full use of their
renewable energy potential? How could challenges existing in this context be
overcome in different types of territories?
- What kind of
action/policy is needed in what type of region/city to ensure a smooth
transition to a low-carbon economy/lifestyle? How can regions and cities create
framework conditions for unlocking low-carbon investment by the private sector?
The lead contractor,
ÖIR-Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (AT) and the 3
partners (Energy Economics Group-Vienna University of Technology, Fraunhofer
Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Global Urban Research
Unit-Newcastle University) delivered the Interim Report which provides interim
results and information on the ongoing work and informs about the plan to
fulfill the envisaged tasks.
ESPON Locate Inception
Report is available at the ESPON Website.
Workshops, Seminars, Meetings, Consultations and other events
ESPON Seminar in Valletta
potentials and shaping new policies - Contribution to the post-2020 Cohesion
Valletta, 24-25 May 2017 – In cooperation
with the Maltese EU Presidency, the ESPON EGTC is organizing a seminar to contribute to the debate on the
performance and future of EU Cohesion policy and to address territories with geographic
The Seminar is specifically addressed to policy-makers and programme
- engaged in the design and/ or implementation of Cohesion policy, including its territorial cooperation objective;
- developing and implementing policies in support of territories with geographic
- engaged and/or interested in existing good practices
and new territorial governance solutions to promote functional geographies and territorial
to register is Wednesday 10 May 2017
registration details may be found at the ESPON Website.
Master Class on EU
Brussels, 8-12 October 2017 - The European Commission
DG Regio, the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Studies Association in
cooperation with the European Regional Science Association and the Association of European Schools of Planning,
organise the 5th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy which will be held in Brussels for PhD students and early
career researchers during the European Week of Regions and
Master Class is a unique format to connect
young researchers and
will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures
and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding
of and research on EU Cohesion Policy.
deadline for applications is 9 May 2017.
Further details, including Programme,
Application Form, 2016 Master Class Proceedings at RSA Website.
Stakeholder proposals for ESPON Targeted
With the objective of contributing to policy demands
and development strategies with tailor-made territorial evidence, ESPON
Targeted Analyses offer the opportunity to bring in the European perspective
into policy and programming processes. Stakeholders can develop a project
proposal and submit it to the ESPON EGTC. Selected proposals will be considered
for implementation as Targeted Analyses projects.
The ESPON EGTC evaluates twice per year all
stakeholder proposals received by certain cut-off dates. The next cut-off date
is 23 June 2017.
All the documentation is available for download on this ESPON webpage.
Under the Specific
Objective 2 of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, “Upgraded knowledge transfer and use of analytical user support”, Targeted
Analyses are powerful means to transfer knowledge, share experience and
facilitate the use of European territorial evidence rooted in real place-based
policy development processes.
Read more about the
ongoing Targeted Analyses at the ESPON Website:
strategies for sustainable and inclusive territorial development –
Regional interplay and EU dialogue
Dynamics, SPIMA –
Spatial dynamics and strategic planning in metropolitan areas
- Territorial Cooperation, TCA - Thinking and Planning in Areas of
ESPON EGTC will tender 4 service contracts for Targeted Analyses as follows:
1) Alps2050 – Common spatial perspectives for the Alpine Space.
Towards a common vision.
Lead stakeholder: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure,
Department of European Spatial Development / Territorial Cohesion (Germany)
Objective of the analysis: Alps2050 will produce common spatial perspectives to
strengthen territorial cooperation among Alpine countries towards more
effective sustainable development.
2) Cross-border Public Services (CPS)
Lead stakeholder: Region Sonderjylland – Schleswig Joint Secretariat &
Objective of the analysis: CPS will identify and map existing cross-border public
services; create the basis for improving existing and developing new services;
generate awareness about the added value of CPS and exchange experiences and
3) Future Digital Health in the EU
Lead stakeholder: Ministry of Finance, Regional Development Department (Estonia)
Objective of the analysis: This activity will analyse digital health solutions and
policies in study areas which foster development of data-driven healthcare and
eHealth services, identify bottlenecks, and propose policy recommendations.
4) Cultural Heritage (CH) as a strategic territorial development
resource; mapping impacts through a set of common European socio-economic
Lead stakeholder: Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Norway)
Objective of the analysis: To formulate a set of socioeconomic indicators for immovable
CH that is meaningful and internationally comparable and to provide data for
these indicators for a selection of European countries/regions.
The ESPON EGTC is looking for a Lawyer/European
and Luxembourg law for a fixed-term period of one year. The deadline
for applying is 12
May 2017 at 16h00.
information at the ESPON Website.
Regional Strategies – ESPON
ReSSI Inception Delivery
Coventry City Council,
Southern Denmark Region, Piedmont Region, Oeiras City Council, the four stakeholders
of the targeted analysis ReSSI, address crucial questions to the research team
in order to investigate how the Europe
can be promoted by local authorities, in the context of evolving landscapes of
territorial governance and planning.
In their Inception Delivery, the Universities
of Coventry, Copenhagen, Politecnico di Torino and Lisbon, have elaborated the
conceptual and methodological framework and the general research context of the
The delivery provides a first overview of the
most prevalent governance systems in Europe and
offers an outline of the opportunities and challenges for cities and regions following changes in governance in the
aftermath of the financial crisis.
The Inception Delivery of ESPON ReSSI is now
online at the ESPON Website.
ESPON Policy Brief “Shaping new policies in specific types of
territories in Europe: islands, mountains, sparsely populated and coastal
Article 174 of the Lisbon Treaty states that “In order to promote its overall harmonious
development, the Union shall develop and pursue its actions leading to the
strengthening of its economic, social and territorial cohesion. In particular,
the Union shall aim at reducing disparities between the levels of development
of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions.
Among the regions concerned, particular attention shall be paid to rural areas,
areas affected by industrial transition, and regions which suffer from severe
and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions
with very low population density and island, cross-border and mountain regions”.
Within Europe these regions have unique geographical
characteristics in which the identification of competitive opportunities is
linked to their specific advantages and territorial assets. These vary by
region and the key policy questions are:
- How to better explore these unique assets?
- How to reduce and overcome development challenges?
At the initiative of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of
the European Union, ESPON presents territorial observations and policy messages
on key development patterns of territories with geographic specificities: coastal areas, islands, mountains and sparsely
The ESPON Policy Brief and
the background Working Paper, including maps, are available at the ESPON Website.