USESPON was a project which aimed to encourage the use of findings from the ESPON 2013 Programme in policy-making. The project team was made up of ESPON Contact Points from France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland and the UK.
The project did:
- extract the most relevant results and findings to meet stakeholders' needs;
- produce guides on ESPON methods which can be used by policy-makers;
- hold targeted workshops to highlight ways in which ESPON tools and findings can inform policy;
- develop a VLE pack for the ESPONTrain platform via which policy-makers can learn how best to make use of ESPON tools in their work.
Find out more about the project on the USESPON website.
Promoting local growth
The final conference took place in London on 15 November 2013.
The event considered different approaches to local growth and showed how tools developed by the ESPON Programme can encourage strategic thinking and help in the formulation of strategies for growth.
Jim Hubbard (RTPI) - Planning as a driver for growth
Cliff Hague (UK ESPON Contact Point) - Opportunities for growth
Alister Scott (Birmingham City University) - Promoting growth and LEPs
Erik Gloersen (University of Geneva) - The Nexus model
Dave Valler (Oxford Brookes University) - Planning and growth management in the South East
Promoting local growth - a decision-makers' toolkit