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.
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
The ESPON EGTC is hiring! There are three open positions (one
year fixed term contracts):
- Project Expert
- Financial Expert/ Public Procurement
- Administrative Officer
The deadline for applying is 24 March 2017 at
16h00. Further 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.