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ESPON Publications

ESPON PublicationsESPON 2013 Publications

Please visit the ESPON 2013 projects and summary reports page for the latest project information.

The First Synthesis Report presents results from the major Applied Research projects undertaken as part of the ESPON 2013 Programme. Read the ESPON UK Contact Point report commentary.

The First Scientific Report includes three scientific papers produced as a result of ESPON research carried out under ReRISK, FOCI and EDORA applied research projects. The aim of the report is to contribute to the scientific dialogue between researchers and experts and build a scientific platform for future policy development.

ESPON's updated Project Overview presents key facts on current projects as of December 2012.

ESPON Territorial Observations aim to provide policy makers and practitioners with short and concise information on important new evidence on the dynamics of the European territory, its regions and cities.

ESPON 2006 Publications

For an overview of ESPON 2006 findings the Final Synthesis Report and the ESPON Atlas are a good starting point. The printed version of these and other reports can be obtained from the UK ESPON Contact Point. Please e-mail if you would like any of them.

Key Reports

The Synthesis Report, Territory matters for competitiveness and cohesion, was published in 2006. It is around 100 pages and includes several maps and also inset boxes highlighting examples. It is available in hard copy and on CD. 

The ESPON Atlas, also published in 2006, and again available in hard copy and on CD, has more maps. It largely focuses on interpretation of the various maps. It is colourful and readable and less than 100 pages long. [Download Atlas]

Scenarios on the Territorial Future of Europeis the product of ESPON project 3.2. The project team drew on findings form other ESPON projects to produce a synthesis. There are 3 main scenarios reviewed for the period up to 2030 trend; cohesion-oriented; and competitiveness-oriented. It is worth looking at what happens to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on these different scenarios. [Download report]

Europe in the Worldis the only ESPON 2006 project that really looked beyond the territory of Europe and placed it in a global context. [Download report]

Each ESPON 2006 project produced a final report. These tend to be very long. All can be accessed on the ESPON EU website, though they are big files and you really need broadband to download any of them. You also need to print them in colour to be able to interpret the maps.

ESPON in teaching

The ESPON UK Network is keen to promote the use of ESPON in teaching. Free copies of many of the ESPON publications are available on request: email