ESPON BRIDGES - Territories with geographical specificities (2017 - 2019)

Reference: TCP International
Customer: ESPON EGTC
Projectpartner: Spatial Foresight, University of the Highlands and Islands, Nordregio, technopolis, University of Liverpool, SLU, Université de Geneve, ÖIR, E-cubed Consultants, eurac, wyg, University of Cambridge,RHA
Competences: Planning
Division: Policy and Strategy
Contact: Dr.-Ing. Carsten Schürmann


ESPON BRIDGES (“Balanced regional development in areas with geographical specificities”) marks the start of a new phase in the analysis of territories with geographical specificities (TGS): mountain regions, islands, sparsely populated areas and coastal areas. The focus in not on whether TGS are lagging or not, but rather how they may develop in an increasingly integrated Single Market, and more generally in a context of economic globalisation. This implies enhanced exposure to international competition, deregulation and fiscal competition between countries, leading to limited public budgets. ESPON BRIDGES focuses on how ‘spatially blind’ policies, different types of market failures and path dependencies lead to a sub-optimal use of human and natural resources in TGS.

As part of an international team, led by Spatial Foresight, Luxembourg, TCP International is analyzing the impacts of transport policies and transport projects, and the role of accessibility and the lack thereof, i.e. peripherality.


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