Applied Research Projects

Under the Specific Objective 1 of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, “Enhanced European territorial evidence production through applied research and analyses”, Applied Research projects (AR) contribute to the European territorial and analytical evidence base.

ESPON AR respond to policy needs and focus on key priorities for territorial development, such as priority themes of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Investment Plan for Europe, the Cohesion Policy and the Territorial Agenda 2020.

From the definition of the AR to the delivery of results, the ESPON MC guides the ESPON EGTC through Project Support Teams (PST).

PST includes at least one representative of the ESPON MC and one representative of the European Commission. PST, together with EGTC experts, follow and guide the implementation of the AR.

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Further information

The following AR are available:

  1. Employment: Geography of new employment dynamics in Europe
  2. Foreign Direct Investments (World in Europe): The World in Europe, global FDI flows towards Europe
  3. SMEs: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in European Regions and Cities
  4. Low-carbon economy (Locate): Territories and low-carbon economy
  5. Inner peripheries: National territories facing challenges of access to basic services of general interest
  6. Territorial futures: Possible European Territorial Futures
  7. Territorial governance: Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe
  8. Financial instruments:  Financial Instruments and Territorial Cohesion
  9. Green infrastructure: Enhancing biodiversity and ecosysTem services for territoriAl development
  10. CIRCTER - Circular Economy and Territorial Consequences
  11. MIGRARE- Impacts of Refugee Flows to Territorial Development in Europe
  12. Youth unemployment: territorial trends and regional resilience
  13. Bridges: Territories with geographical specificities
  14. ETRF - European Territorial Reference Framework
  15. T4 - Technological Transformation & Transitioning of Regional Economies
  16. SUPER - Sustainable Urbanization and land-use Practices in European Regions
  17. ESCAPE - European Shrinking Rural Areas Challenges, Actions and Perspectives for Territorial Governance
  18. ESPON QoL-Quality of Life Measurements and Methodology
  19. ESPON TITAN -Territorial Impacts of Natural Disaster
  20. ESPON HERIWELL - Cultural Heritage as a Source of Societal Well-being in European Regions
  21. Interregional relations in Europe - Interregional relations in Europe
  22. Geography of COVID-19 - Outbreak and first policy answers in European regions and cities
  23. DIGISER - Digital Innovation in Governance and Public Service Provision