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ESPON Research in the UK

Find out more about some of the current research being carried out in the UK under the ESPON Programme. See all of the UK's involvement in the ESPON 2013 Programme.

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

The project is looking at globalisation from a territorial perspective, with researchers trying to "pin down the geographies of networks and flows within and between cities".

Kathy Pain, who leads the team at the University of Reading, recently gave a presentation on the rationale behind the research, and highlighted the role of the UK project partner. View the presentation (pdf, 5MB).

EATIA (ESPON and TIA) will test the practical use of existing methods and tools for TIA (territorial impact assessment). Read a recent article from Town and Country Planning magazine written by the lead researchers: Making the case for participatory TIA.

David Evers, an expert on Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and the Dutch ESPON Contact Point, gave a talk on 3 March 2011 at Liverpool University. Making the invisible visible focused on how TIA has been applied in the Netherlands to cohesion policy, and discussed how the technique has exposed potential opportunities for improved European policymaking as a result of incerased territorial cohesion. View the presentation (pdf, 6MB).

GEOSPECS (Geographic Specificities and Development Potentials in Europe) aims to provide solid assessment of the current situation, trends and perspectives of regions with geographic specificities. One of the researchers provided us with some key details of the project - read more.

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