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Activity 1: Spatial Planning and Spatial Research - Projects

ESPON 1.1.1: The Role, Specific Situation and Potentials of Urban Areas as Nodes in a Polycentric Development (2002 - 2004)


Clients:  ESPON Coordination Unit (Luxembourg), Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Stockholm)
Partners:  CNRS-UMR Géographie-cités (Paris), Centre for Urban Development and Environmental Management (CUDEM) (Leeds), Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute (DFLRI) (Frederiksberg), Nordregio - Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Stockholm), OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies (Delft), S&W Urban and Regional Research (S&W) (Dortmund), Urban and Mobility Studies (Delft)

This project in the framework of the ESPON initiative of the European Commission tries to analyse the role, situation and potentials of urban areas as nodes in a polycentric development in Europe. The study has four main objectives:
  1. the analysis of existing spatial structures and spatial relationships in Europe, in particular with reference to the degree of physical and functional division of work and polycentricity on different spatial levels;

  2. the development of a concept to analyse the degree of polycentricity at different spatial levels, including the development of appropriate measure, typologies, instruments and methods for quantitative assessments;

  3. identification of regions in Europe that particularly suffer or particularly benefit from polycentricity, and description of these regions using the developed set of indicators;

  4. development of policy recommendations and policy guidelines based upon the findings in 3.

The task of RRG was the delimitation of so-called Functional Urban Areas (FUAs) at NUTS 5 level by applying GIS techniques on the basis of the RRG GIS Database. The FUAs were constructed based on 45-minute car travel time isochrones around each of the 1,600 FUA centres, approximated to municipality boundaries. These areas have furthermore been analysed from a morphological perspective.
The final report of the overall study can be downloaded in pdf format from the ESPON Homepage, so as the Annex Report D describing the RRG task.

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Futher Information:  Project Cooerdinator Erik Gløersen (Nordregio) or for RRG parts Carsten Schürmann.

Links on the web:  ESPON Homepage



Other projects in this field of competence:

Development indicator system for "good life" for the Lusatia (2020)
TeMoRi - Territorial Monitoring update and Regional Potential Index for the Baltic Sea Region (2016)
Value-added in renewable energy sector (2014 - 2015)
Serengeti Nationalpark (2014)
ESPON Matrices (2014)
SWOT Analysis of the South Baltic Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 (2013 - 2014)
HTTransPlan - Impact Assessment of Railway Tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn (2012 - 2013)
Atlas of Industrialisation in the New German Länder (2012 - 2013)
SUTMP Windhoek (2012 - 2013)
Service area analaysis for the City of Münster (Northrhine-Westfalia) (2012)
ESPON BSR TeMo - Territorial Monitoring for the Baltic Sea Region (2012 - 2014)
Service area analaysis for shopping centre in Düren (Northrhine-Westfalia) (2011)
LogMos II (2011 - 2014)
Assessment of Central Places in Bavaria (2010)
Study on Mountain Areas in Southern Norway (2010)
ESPON INTERCO - Indicators of territorial cohesion (2010 - 2012)
ESPON TRACC: Transport Accessibility at Regional/Local Scale and Patterns in Europe (2010 - 2012)
Regional Challenges in the Perspective of 2020 (2010 - 2011)
Status Report on the Establishment of the National Environmental Information Network Kuwait (NEIN) (2009)
TRACECA IDEA (2009 - 2012)
Western NIS (2009 - 2010)
AccBavaria (2008 - 2009)
Analysis of Nordic Labour Market Areas (2007)
Regional Disparities and Cohesion (2007)
RePUS (2007)
ESPON Accessibility (2006 - 2007)
ESPON 4.1.3 (2006)
Accessibility Analysis of the Baltic Sea Region (2006)
FUNDING Infrastructure: Guidelines for Europe (2005 - 2007)
Northern Peripheral, Sparsely Populated regions in the European Union (2005)
SETI (2005 - 2006)
AlpenCors (2004 - 2005)
FOPS 73.319: Regional Impacts of Transport Infrastructures (2004 - 2006)
ESPON 2.1.1: Territorial Impacts of EU Transport and TEN Policies (2002 - 2004)
Mountain Study - Analysis of mountain areas in Europe (2002 - 2004)
Via Egnatia: Motorway Case Study in Northern Greece (2002)
IASON: Spatial Impacts of European Transport Policies (2001 - 2004)
ILUMASS: Land Use and Transport (2001 - 2004)
Peripherality (2000)
Supply Quality of the Retail Sector – A Modelling Approach (1999 - 2000)
Ufo Working Group: The New Main Railway Station of the City of Dortmund (1999)
Quality of Life in European Regions (1996 - 2003)

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