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Issues of governance and policy cut across all aspects of research that Nordregio is involved in. But on this page, you can learn about our latest projects related specifically to issues of governance.

ESPON Cross-border Public Services

A European-wide survey will be developed to collect coherent data on the implementation of cross-border public services (CPS) in Europe. Find out more about the project.

Common Indicators

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) support programmes that contribute to the European Union’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.  Find out more about Common Indicators.

Agenda 2030

The project analyzes the implementation of the Agenda 2030 at the local level in the Nordic countries.
In September 2017, the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) adopted the Generation 2030 programme that will facilitate co-operation on the challenges faced jointly by the Nordic countries in achieving the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about Agenda 2030.


The project ESPON BRIDGES will analyse territories with geographical specificities (TGS) in Europe, such as mountain regions, islands, sparsely populated areas and coastal areas. Nordregio will conduct the social and cultural assessment involved in this analysis and contribute with the policy recommendations. Find out more about ESPON BRIDGES.

Evaluation of Åland “Entrepreneurship and Competence” Programme 2014-2020

The aim is to improve the quality of the Åland's “Entrepreneurship and Competence” programme implementation and to assess its effectiveness and impact. The assignment is done in close cooperation with the programme's administrative authority (The Government of Åland). Find out more about the project.


The EUSBSR SUPPORT project aims to provide an individual, organisational and structural support to the Policy Area Coordinators / Horizontal Action Coordinators. Find out more about EURSBSR SUPPORT.

Nordic Economic Policy Review

Nordic Economic Policy Review (NEPR) was launched by the Ministers of Finance in 2009. The Review aims to make the latest research more accessible to decision makers and encourage wider discussion of economic policy in the region by highlighting Nordic issues and challenges. Find out more about Nordic Economic Policy Review.

ESPON COMPASS (2016-2018)

Comparative Analysis of Territorial Governance and Spatial Planning Systems in Europe (COMPASS) is an ESPON Applied Research Project, which will provide an authoritative comparative report on territorial governance and spatial planning systems in Europe. The project will substantially improve the knowledge based on territorial governance and spatial planning, and in particular, their role in the formulation and implementation of EU Cohesion Policy. Find out more about ESPON COMPASS.

Target Analysis "Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region" (BT2050)

BT2050 stands for Territorial Scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region. With the aim of informing policy making at different levels, this project develops territorial scenarios for the Baltic Sea Region – BSR. The scenarios will deepen the understanding on the territorial dimensions of the EU Strategy for the BSR as well as contribute to European and Member States policy making. They will also serve as a base to explore and foster cooperation between BSR countries on territorial development contributing towards the objectives of the BSR' spatial policy. Find out more about BT2050.

ESPON 2020 Global FDI flows towards Europe

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows are an important source of investment at EU level and in many member states. More regionalised information is needed to understand recent trends and the territorial factors that determine location of FDIs in order to develop specific territorial policy measures for cities and regions in Europe. The overall objective of the project is to provide tailor-made recommendations to support regions and cities in their positioning and defining of policies towards receiving FDI, as well as integrating the attraction of foreign firms into regional development strategies. In this perspective, this project introduces an approach for centralised/decentralised systems for relevant decision making. Find out more about ESPON 2020 project.

ESPON Financial Instruments

The aim of this study is to examine and assess the impact and added value of European Structural and Investment Funds’ financial instruments on EU territorial cohesion policy. Find out more about ESPON Financial Instruments.