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ESPON 2013 Projects and Summary Reports

This page shows all the current ESPON projects that have produced reports and commentaries by the ESPON UK Contact Point.

Commentaries summarise and give a UK perspective on project reports published by the ESPON 2013 programme. Documents are provided as PDFs.

First Synthesis Report

The First ESPON 2013 Synthesis Report presents results from the major ESPON Applied Research projects.

Dirk Ahner, Director General European Commission DG Regio emphasised the importance of ESPON for the Commission saying "this report is a milestone in the contribution of ESPON to the development of Cohesion Policy...The evidence presented clearly underlines the importance of a territorial and place based approach to policy making".

Read the full report and ESPON UK Contact Point report commentary. For more information have a look at Cliff Hague's blog.

Project Overview

ESPON have published a Project Overview presenting key facts on current projects as of December 2012.

Applied Research projects (Priority 1)

Project

Latest report

UK ECP commentary

Factsheet

Case study

ARTS - Regional and territorial sensitivity Final Report Final Report commentary . .
ATTREG - Attractiveness of regions and cities Final Report . ATTREG factsheet Cornwall and the Scilly Isles
DEMIFER - Demography and migration Final Report Interim Report commentary DEMIFER factsheet

London

West Yorkshire

EDORA - Development opportunities in rural areas Final Report Interim Report commentary . UK (page 632)
ESaTDOR - European seas Draft Final Report Draft Final Report commentary .

Atlantic Ocean

North Sea

ESPON Climate - Climate change Final Report Interim Report commentary . Scottish aquifers
ET2050 - Territorial scenarios and visions Interim Report Interim Report commentary . .
EU-LUPA - Land use patterns Draft Final Report Interim Report commentary . .
FOCI - Future orientation for cities Final Report Interim Report commentary . .
GEOSPECS - Development potentials in specific types of territories Final Report Final Report commentary .

Scottish Highlands

Outer Hebrides 

GREECO - Green economy Inception Report Inception Report commentary . .
KIT - Knowledge and innovation Final Report Draft Final Report commentary KIT factsheet

Welsh food industry; Cardiff media industry; Cambridge ICT industry (Section 5)

ReRISK - Energy poverty Final Report Final Report commentary . .
SeGI - Services of general interest Interim Report SeGI Interim Report commentary SeGI factsheet South Gloucestershire (Appendix 5)
SGPTD - Secondary cities Final Report Interim Report commentary . Leeds
SIESTA - Spatial indicators for the EU2020 Strategy Draft Final Report Draft Final Report commentary . .
TANGO - Territorial governance Interim Report Interim Report commentary . .
TERCO - Territorial cooperation Final Report Draft Final Report commentary . Scotland (page 21)
TIGER - Territorial impact of globalisation Final Report Draft Final Report commentary . London
TIPTAP - Territorial impact of transport and agricultural policies Final Report Inception Report commentary . .
TRACC - Transport accessibility Interim Report Inception Report commentary . .

Targeted Analysis projects (Priority 2)

Project

Latest report

UK ECP commentary

Factsheet

Case study

ADES - Airports as drivers of success in peripheral regions

Draft Final Report

Inception Report commentary

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AMCER - Monitoring of EU R&D policies

Draft Final Report

Interim Report commentary

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BEST METROPOLISES - Best development conditions in European cities

Draft Final Report

Interim Report commentary

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CAEE - Agglommeration economies

Final Report

Interim Report commentary 

CAEE factsheet

Greater Manchester

EATIA - Territorial impact assessment

Final Report

Draft Final Report commentary

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ESPON TeDi - Territorial diversity

Final Report

Final Report commentary

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EUROISLANDS - Development of islands 

Final Report

Inception Report commentary

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GROSEE - Growth poles in South East Europe

Inception Report

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KITCASP - Key indicators for spatial planning

Interim Report

Inception Report commentary

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METROBORDER - Cross-border metropolitan regions

Final Report

Inception Report commentary

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POLYCE - Metropolisation in Central Europe

Final Report

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PURR - Potential of rural regions

Final Report

Inception Report commentary

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RISE - Regional strategies

Final Report

Interim Report commentary

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Birmingham and Solihull LEP (page 27)

SEMIGRA - Migration and demography in rural regions

Draft Final Report

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SMART-IST - Smart institutions for territorial development

Inception Report

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SS-LR - Spatial scenarios for local-regional territories

Final Report

Interim Report commentary

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SURE - Success for convergence regions' economies

Final Report

Inception Report commentary

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TPM - Territorial performance monitoring

Draft Final Report

Interim Report commentary

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TranSMEC - Transnational support for European cooperation

Final Report

Final Report commentary

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ULYSSES - Yardsticks for cross-border spatial planning

Inception Report

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Scientific Platform projects (Priority 3)

Project

Latest report

UK ECP commentary

BSR-TeMo - Territorial monitoring for the Baltic Sea Region Project Specification .
ESPON Atlas Project Specification .
ESPON Database 2013 Phase II Inception Report .
ESPON Database 2013 Draft Final Report Inception Report commentary
Hyper Atlas Terms of Reference .
INTERCO - Indicators of territorial cohesion Draft Final Report Inception Report commentary
Map Updates . .
RIMAP - Online mapping tool Project Specification .
Typology Compilation Interim Report Interim Report commentary

Transnational Networking Activities (Priority 4)

Project

Website

ENECON - ESPON evidence in a North European context .
CaDEC - Capitalisation of ESPON concepts .
ESPONTrain - ESPON training programme .
ESPON-INTERSTRAT - Use of ESPON in integrated strategies ESPON-INTERSTRAT website
NORBA - Transnational perspectives in spatial planning in the Nordic-Baltic region NORBA website
SCALES - Capitalisation of ESPON results at different scales .

Find out more about some of the current ESPON projects being carried out in the UK.

See also UK Participation in ESPON 2013 Projects.

The ESPON UK Contact Point team (research@rtpi.org.uk) would be happy to get your feedback on the commentaries above. If the research is still open to input, your feedback may be forwarded to the research team.

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