USESPON will encourage and support the use of work and findings from the ESPON 2013 Programme. The aim is to create awareness and sense of ownership amongst key stakeholders in respect of use of methods and tools developed within the current programme. The strategy is to draw on and share work done in four previous and ongoing TNAs. In this sense, a key part of the transnational work is to pool the resources developed in the four TNAs directly represented in USESPON by their LPs. This includes the following objectives:

  • Building and further developing e-learning platforms and training materials (ESPONTrain);
  • Providing learning support through interactive workshops (INTERSTRAT);
  • Exploring the opportunities offered by the inter-relation of spatial scales when using ESPON methods (SCALES);
  • Capitalising key territorial concepts (CaDEC).

In addition, the LP will actively engage with the other two Priority 4 projects NORBA and ENECON through invitations to attend and present at USESPON events.

Main results in terms of capitalisation

USESPON is about capitalisation of European perspective on territorial development and cohesion. This is done through giving stakeholders key methods to interpret ESPON results in their context, but also taking this further by showing how the stakeholders can use these methods. This will result on:

  • Capacity-building amongst the USESPON partners, through cross-fertilisation from four previous and ongoing TNAs, transnational working to prepare the support materials and plan and deliver the interactive workshops;
  • Sense of ownership amongst key stakeholders in respect of use of methods and tools developed within ESPON 2013.

Main activities envisaged

In terms of expected outputs and results, the USESPON project will develop ECP’s capacity to learn, network and communicate with stakeholders. These objectives are directly tied to the achievement of the aim, and will be delivered through the following activities:

  • Identification of key potential stakeholders in the EU Member States and Partner States of the ESPON 2013 Programme represented by partners in the TPG, but also transnational bodies concerned with geographical specificities;
  • Design and delivery of support materials for each of the method chosen. These will be short, user-friendly, step by step guides on how to use the method. They can serve as free-standing documents but also be used in the workshops where participants will be taken through the steps;
  • Design and delivery of a project website that will include the library of ITPS publications built up by INTERSTRAT, but also access to support materials;
  • Preparation of the VLE pack on ESPON methods, including, but not limited to, TIA, Nexus, and CoZiCo. The design of the project website will assure full integration with VLE portal;
  • Design and delivery of four interactive workshops to be held in Germany (please see below), Luxembourg, Greece and Poland. On the basis of the target group and its needs, each workshop will concentrate on one of the ESPON methods;
  • Design and delivery of a final transnational conference in the UK to present a synthesis of the work, and promote ESPON more widely.

Lead Partner

Royal Town Planning Institute, UK

Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

Budget: € 498,860.00

Project’s lifetime: 10 October 2012 – 31 March 2014

Delivery of reports

Draft Final Report: 31 December 2013

Final Report: 31 March 2014

More information

For further information please contact Nuno Madeira, Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit, email [email protected].


Final Report

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Draft Final Report

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