Possible European Territorial Futures

Theme: Territorial foresight studies 


The main objective of this activity is on the one hand to contribute to understanding possible territorial consequences, opportunities and challenges, of three “what-if” questions and with that to support policy development and agenda setting at relevant scales (European, national,regional and local). On the other hand the aim is to develop more general guidelines for territorial foresight studies within ESPON. Further reading please see below.

Policy questions

A. What could be the territorial consequences if a new place-based economic organisation were implemented as part of a circular economy?

B. What could be the territorial consequences if Europe’s energy production and consumption were 100% renewable?

C. What could be the territorial consequences if European property markets collapsed?


  • Spatial Foresight, LU (lead contractor)
  • Mcrit, ES
  • Spiekermann & Wegener, DE
  • Basque Center BC3, ES
  • Centre urban & territorial development, Institu Rozwoju, PL
  • TU Delft, NL
  • ÖIR, AT

Project Support Team

  • Liisa Kok, Netherlands
  • Virna Bussadori, Italy

Budget: € 499,925.00

Lifetime: April 2016 – November 2017


  • Inception delivery, 11 July 2016
  • Interim delivery, 13 February 2017
  • Draft Final delivery, 11 July 2017
  • Final delivery, 11 November 2017


Join the discussion on possible territorial futures and share your ideas on social media: ESPON – Territorial Futures on LinkedIn and RegioNetwork on Yammer.

Contact: Marjan van Herwijnen (project expert), marjan.vanherwijnen@espon.eu, Caroline Clause (financial officer), caroline.clause@espon.eu

Further information: the full description of this applied research activity is available below.

More details on how to actively participate in focus groups organised by this project can be found HERE.

Join the discussion and share your ideas on possible territorial futures on ESPON – Territorial Futures on LinkedIn and RegioNetwork on Yammer


Draft final report Volume A

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Draft final report Volume B

  • Acrobat Document | 58409KB

Draft final report Volume C

  • Acrobat Document | 13008KB

Draft final report Volume D

  • Acrobat Document | 23601KB

Draft final report Volume E

  • Acrobat Document | 22406KB

Draft final report Volume F

  • Acrobat Document | 6573KB

Interim Report

  • Acrobat Document | 9205KB

Interim Report - Annex

  • Acrobat Document | 4680KB

Inception Report - 11 July 2016

  • Acrobat Document | 4311KB

Possible European Territorial Futures

  • Acrobat Document | 82KB


  • Acrobat Document | 82KB