Spatial Foresight is a private consultancy and independent think tank in the area of European territorial policies and research. Most importantly, it is a multi-national and interdisciplinary team. It has its main office in Heisdorf (Luxembourg) and branch offices in Berlin (Germany) and Paris (France).
The fields of activity bring together territorial development and policy processes with foresight oriented approaches. Foresight encompasses a range of approaches that combine strategic analysis, prospective forward thinking and process oriented dialogical work. Using these approaches for processes shaping our territories facilitates a better understanding of how to best capitalise on territorial development potentials.
Spatial Foresight conducts studies for a wide range of different clients incl. many different EU bodies, national and regional government bodies in various European countries, as well as cross-border cooperation bodies. In these studies, the team evaluates the past, analyse the present and explore the future, to provide territorial policy support and research, analysis and evaluation; facilitate processes and trainings, develop strategies, support capacity building activities; monitor trends and developments for territorial foresight. The studies range from evaluation of funding programmes, the analysis of territories, to thematic studies, the analysis of policy instruments and collaboration initiatives to the development of future scenarios and visions. Most studies are in one way or the other linked to a European perspective and support decision making processes.
Besides the consultancy strand, the Spatial Foresight team is engaged in various think tank activities. This includes e.g. active participation in several research and collaboration networks, and various publication activities targeting academia or a wider public. Among others Spatial Foresight run a blog on territorial future thoughts (see https://steadyhq.com/spatialforesight).
The Spatial Foresight team is convinced that the world needs more territorial analysis and foresight, through informed future-oriented policies that acknowledge territorial diversity. Therefore, the Spatial Foresight team …
… loves working for better policies, by
- unravelling territorial complexities;
- encouraging ‘out-of-the-box’ territorial thinking and policy advice;
- spreading insights to the wider public through think-tank activities;
- keeping the discussion and evolution on Europe ongoing;
… is good at combining high academic standards and policy orientation, through
- turning complex topics into easy to read deliverables;
- following and contributing to policy debates;
- combining knowledge from different fields of expertise to offer a deeper understanding;
- working together with different mind-sets and cultures;
… wants to make Europe a more just, more sustainable and more united place, by
- recognising different types of territories and their specificities;
- looking across and beyond borders;
- highlighting the territorial implications of policies;
- encouraging sound policies and broadening mindsets.
Learn more about the Spatial Foresight team at www.spatialforesight.eu