In the call for tenders for the ESPON European Research Project entitled “Territorialising Resilience: Transforming Europe for an Age of Crisis [ESPON TERRES]” published in early 2023, the international consortium led by HÉTFA Research Institute and its partners Nordregio, Politecnico di Torino, Arup and MCRIT presented the strongest proposal.

HÉTFA’s success in winning the ESPON EGTC international tender is a remarkable achievement that significantly enhances its international project portfolio. This achievement underscores HÉTFA’s skill in fostering collaborative efforts as a consortium leader and strengthens its position as a key player in European territorial development studies.

The consortium of HÉTFA, Nordregio, Politecnico di Torino, Arup and MCRIT was formed to leverage the collective professional strengths of the partners addressing the theoretical and practicable approaches of territorial resilience, on one hand and resilience related data management and visualisation, on the other hand. All the partners have robust cooperation experience in European territorial development studies and have a strong network of relevant experts, policy stakeholders, also providing a comprehensive geographical coverage of different territorial regions and countries.

The main outcomes of this research project will encompass:

  • the set up of a comprehensive concept of ‘territorial resilience’
  • a core set of territorial resilience indicators at regional scale including the methodology applied and recommendations for future data collection
  • a Regional Resilience Dashboard and mapping and analysis of resilience trends at pan-European scale and at the selected case study regions
  • policy recommendations on how to better embed the concept of ‘territorial resilience’ into territorial policymaking

The joint research within the ESPON TERRES project contributes to improving understanding, meaning and opportunities of territorial resilience, overcoming policy barriers thanks to recommendations and key messages supporting a fruitful dialogue among researchers (at the scientific level), policy-makers (at the normative level) and practitioners (at the operational level).