ESPON Scientific Report 2019

The ESPON scientific report aims to support the transition towards a new quality territorial research reflect upon ideas and inspiration for the next generation of scientific approaches to European territorial research. It is based upon the ESPON Scientific Conference held in London, United Kingdom, on 14 November 2018.

The report gathers the 17 research papers presented at the event and reflects upon their key innovations and contributions to the field of territorial development. It also includes additional input that was given during the event by the keynote speakers:

The report is structured around the three specific topics of the conference:

  • Territorial interrelations: How to improve and strengthen the analytical and methodological capacities to capture territorial interrelations, functional areas and territorial development beyond fixed administrative units
  • Monitoring integrated territorial development: How to implement territorial strategies in a more connected way?
  • New data sources: How to use unconventional data sources to more effectively characterise territorial interrelations, more accurately monitor integrated territorial development and ultimately inspire a more nuanced and more targeted generation of territorial research?

 The researchers that contributed to this report are:

A. Territorial interrelations

  • “Knowledge integration with systems thinking for improved policy effectiveness” by Andrea M. Bassi and Montira Pongsiri
  • “The uses of institutional mapping for understanding territorial interrelations” by Carlos Ferreira, Jennifer Ferreira, Kevin Broughton and Stewart MacNeill
  • “Civil society organisations and cross-border networks in the Western Balkans” by Dragisa Mijacic and Jasna Zarkovic
  • “Rethinking marginality, beyond traditional spatial imaginaries” by Valeria Fedeli and Alessandro Balducci
  • “How can ethnography enrich the analysis of territorial interrelations? Insights from integrated territorial investments in Poland” by Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak

B. Monitoring integrated territorial development

  • “The Europeanisation of territorial governance and spatial planning: a tool for analysis” by Giancarlo Cotella and Umberto Janin Rivolin
  • “Capabilities and Performance Assessment of City (CAPAcity) dynamic model for potential investment and development” by Dimitra Chondrogianni, Stylianos Karatzas and Yorgos Stephanedes
  • “Measuring the progress towards territorial cohesion: a territorial impact assessment application of the regional development programmes” by Maria Prezioso
  • “RIS3 in macro-regional strategies: tools to design and monitor integrated territorial development paths” by Margherita Russo, Francesco Pagliacci, Pasquale Pavone and Anna Giorgi
  • “Future-oriented approaches — the case of territorial foresight” by Frank Holstein, Kai Böhme and Christian Lüer
  • “Assessing integrated territorial development strategies” by Eduardo Medeiros

C. New data sources

  • “Producing regional data for circular economy monitoring in Europe: an econometric approach to downscaling official statistics on material consumption and waste generation” by Marco Bianchi and Carlos Tapia
  • “New territorial analyses enabled by emerging sources of geospatial data — use cases and challenges” by Filipe Batista e Silva, Ricardo Barranco, Konstantin Rosina and Carlo Lavalle
  • “Institutional data versus big data: why analysing data on housing dynamics in cities matters” by Renaud Le Goix, Ronan Ysebaert and Timothée Giraud
  • “Discovering the potential of big data for integrated territorial policy development in the European growth corridors — a review of new data sources” by Helka Kalliomäki, Nicolas A. Balcom Raleigh, Anto Aasa and Pekko Lindblom
  • “Profiling urban populations through mobile phone data: an application in the Milan urban region” by Fabio Manfredini and Paola Pucci
  • “Producing a simplified and harmonised map of European local administrative units (LAUs): when “less” offers “more” by Jacques Michelet, Frédéric Giraut, Erik Gloersen and Ronan Ysebaert

We hope that the research community can use the contributions in this report to continue developing and applying innovative approaches and methods to support and inspire policy-makers to address the territorial dimension in their policy development. Policymakers can use the report to get an impression of the latest developments and trends for supporting policy-making by addressing the territorial dimension in policy development.


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