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UK Participation in ESPON

UK partners have successfully obtained funding from the European Union for various research projects (below) under the ESPON 2013 Programme. 

Project Title

UK research/policy partner

Demographic and Migratory flows affecting regions and cities (DEMIFER)

University of Leeds

European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas

UHI Millennium Institute (Lead)
Newcastle University
University of Gloucestershire
Scottish Agricultural College

Climate Change and Territorial Effects on Regions and Local Economies in Europe (ESPON Climate

Newcastle University

Territorial Impact Package for Transport and Agricultural Policies (TIPTAP)

Newcastle University

The Case for Agglomeration Economies in Europe (CAEE)

Institute for Political and Economic Governance, University of Manchester (Lead)

Potential of Rural Regions (PURR)

North Yorkshire County Council
The Welsh Assembly Government
Dumfries and Galloway Council

London South Bank University 

Attractiveness of European Regions and Cities for Residents and Visitors (ATTREG)

University of the West of England

European Territorial Cooperation as a Factor of Growth, Jobs and Quality of Life (TERCO)

European Policies Research Centre (based within University of Strathclyde)

Services of General Interest (SeGI) University of the West of England

Secondary Growth Poles and Territorial Development in Europe (SGPTDE)

European Institute for Urban Affairs (based within Liverpool John Moores University) (Lead)

Geographic Specificities and Development Potentials in Europe (GEOSPECS)

Perth College 

Knowledge, Innovation, Territory (KIT)

London School of Economics
Cardiff University

Territorial Impact of Globalisation for Europe and its Regions (TIGER)

University of Reading

European Seas in Territorial Development (ESaTDOR)

University of Liverpool

ESPON and Territorial Impact Assessment (EATIA)

CLG (Lead Stakeholder)

University of Liverpool (Lead)

Identifying and Exchanging Best Practice in Developing Regional Integrated Strategies in Europe (RISE)

Birmingham City Council
University of Birmingham (Lead)

Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level (AMCER)

East of England Development Agency (Stakeholder)
Sheffield University

Territorial Approaches to New Governance (TANGO) Newcastle University
Key Indicators for Territorial Cohesion and Spatial Planning (KITCASP) Directorate for the Built Environment, Scottish Government (Lead Stakeholder)

ESPON in Integrated Territorial Development Strategies (ESPON-INTERSTRAT)

Royal Town Planning Institute (Lead)

Territorial Indicators of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe (TIPSE)

University of the Highlands and Islands
Newcastle University

Small and Medium Sized Towns (TOWN)

University of the West of England (UWE)

Economic Crisis: Resilience of Regions (ECR2)

Cardiff University (Lead Partner)
University of Manchester

Experian PLC UK


The ESPON UK Contact Point team would be happy to get the latest news on any of the above projects. If you are part of the project team or know of any press releases we might have missed then please email us at