Short bio

Dr Kai Böhme is director of Spatial Foresight GmbH.

He specialises in European regional and territorial research and policies, international comparative studies in the fields of regional development policies, spatial planning, and in the territorial impacts of sector policies. He has a truly European background and considerable experience in policy advice at the European and national level as well as in the management of international applied research and consultancy projects.

In parallel to his consultancy and policy advice activities Kai Böhme has also links to various universities, incl. an associated assistant professorship at the University of Luxembourg and visiting research fellowships at the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield (UK) and the Centre for Spatial Development and Planning at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden).

He has work experience from SWECO in Stockholm, the European Spatial Planning Network (ESPON) Secretariat in Luxembourg, Nordregio in Stockholm and the Secretariat for Future Studies (SFZ) in Germany. His educational background includes a PhD in Management Science from the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and a Masters in Spatial Planning from the University of Dortmund (Germany). He is member of the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL).

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Main publications

Mehlbye, P. & Böhme, K. (2017). More territorial cooperation post 2020? - A contribution to the debate of future EU Cohesion Policy. (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 8). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.

Böhme, K., Gløersen, E., Toptsidou, M. (2017). The European Dimension of Europe's Future - Veni, vidi, ... .Nordregio News. 20 years of regional development, 2017, no.2. Nordregio, pp.17. Download.

Böhme, K. & C.Lüer (2017). Assessing territorial impacts of future trends. In: E. Medeiros (Ed.), Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Union Cohesion Policy. Cohesion, Development, Impact Assessment and Cooperation, pp. 161-183. Abingdon Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Böhme, K., Holstein, F., Toptsidou, M., Zillmer, S. (2017). Gold-plating in the European Structural and Investment Funds. European Parliament. Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies. Download.

Toptsidou, M., Böhme, K., Gløersen, E., Haarich, S. & Hans, S. (2017). Added Value of macro-regional strategies.Interact Programme. Download.

Böhme, K. & Toptsidou, M. (2017). The future of Europe. and its territories? - A response to the EC White paper on the future of Europe. (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 7). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.

Böhme, K. & C. Lüer (2016). Europe's territorial futures between daydreams and nightmares. Europa XXI. Territorial uncertaintiy as a challenge for regional policy in Europe, 2016 No. 30. Warsaw: Institute of Gepgraphy and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences, pp 5-22

Böhme, K., Zillmer, S. Hans, S., Antikainen, J. & Pyykkonen, S. (2016). Looking towards 2030: Preparing the Baltic Sea Region for the future. Stockholm: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). Download

Böhme, K. (2016). Future of Europe and macroregional strategies. INTERACT: Macro-regional strategies in changing times EUSBSR, EUSDR, EUSALP and EUSAIR headed towards the future together, pp. 6-9. Download

Böhme, K. (2016). Territorial evidence supporting policy-making in Europe: How ESPON came, saw and conquered. disP 205, 2016(2), pp.62-67.

Böhme, K. & Lüer, C. (2016). Europe’s territorial futures: between daydreams and nightmares. Ukrainian Geographical Journal2016(1), pp. 29–40.

Böhme, K., Holstein, F. & Toptsidou, M. (2015). Report on the Assessment of Territorial Cohesion and the Territorial Agenda 2020 of the European Union. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures on Behalf of the EU Trio Presidency. Download.

Böhme, K. & Zillmer, S. (2015). Was haben gleichwertige Lebensverhältnisse mit territorialer Kohäsion zu tun? Informationen zur Raumentwicklung1.2015, pp. 11–22.

Böhme, K., Zillmer, S., Toptsidou, M. & Holstein, F. (2015). Territorial Governance and Cohesion Policy. Brussels: European Parliament. Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies. Download.

Eser, T. W. & Böhme, K. (2015). Coordination mechanisms for Territorial Cohesion – Cases of Europe and Luxembourg(Forschungsberichte der ARL), pp. 67–90. Hannover: Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung. Download.

Lüer, C., Böhme, K., Jæger, S., Hans, S., Madeira, N., Holstein, F., Toptsidou, M., Tulumello, S., Bina, O. & Ferrão, J. (2015). Report on territorial impact projections. Final deliverable (D7.2) of work package 7 on Territorial Governance. FLAGSHIP project, 7th Framework Programme (FP7)Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K. & Lüer, C. (2015). Territorial Scenarios and Visions of Europe for 2050: Proceedings of the Workshop of the incoming Luxembourg EU Presidency on 23 April 2015. Luxembourg: Luxembourg Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures on Behalf of the EU Trio Presidency. Download.

Böhme, K., Finka, M., Gustedt, E., Schön, K. P., Sielker, F. & Zillmer, S. (2014). Response to the European Consultation on the Future of the Europe 2020 Strategy (Position Paper of the ARL No. 101). Hannover: Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung. Download.

Böhme, K., Zillmer, S., Toptsidou, M., Holstein, F., Lüer, C. & Gløersen, E. (2014). A Territorial Perspective on the Europe 2020 Strategy: Contribution to European Public Consultation Process (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 4). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.

Doucet, P., Böhme, K. & Zaucha, J. (2014). EU territory and policy-making: from words to deeds to promote policy integration. European Journal of Spatial Development, pp. 2–24.

Zaucha, J., Komornicki, T., Böhme, K., Świątek, D. & Żuber, P. (2014). Territorial Keys for Bringing Closer the Territorial Agenda of the EU and Europe 2020. European Planning Studies22(2), pp. 246–267. Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C. & Stumm, T. (2014a). Guideline for the establishment of an EGTC for stakeholders of transnational cooperation (BMVI-Special publications). Berlin: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur. Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C. & Stumm, T. (2014b). Leitfaden zur Gründung eines EVTZ für Akteure der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit (BMVI-Sonderpublikation). Berlin: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur. Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C. & Stumm, T. (2014c). Leitfaden zur Gründung eines EVTZ für Akteure der transnationalen Zusammenarbeit (BMVI-Sonderpublikation). Berlin. Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C. & Stumm, T. (2014d). Przewodnik po EUWT dla pdmiotów współpracy transgranicznej(BMVI specjalne publikacji). Berlin: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur. Download.

Böhme, K. (2013). Added value of macro regional strategies: A governance perspective (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 3). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.

Jæger, S., Böhme, K. & Gløersen, E. (2013). Exploring Big Data for analysing territorial development. In Science in support of European Territorial Development and Cohesion, pp. 146–152. Luxembourg: ESPON. Download.

Böhme, K. (2012). Preparing evidence for territorial policies in Europe. In W. Zonneveld, J. de Vries, & L. Janssen-Jansen (Eds.), European territorial governance, pp. 219–235. Delft: IOS Press.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C., Pflanz, K. & Radvánski, A. (2012). Umsetzung und Wirkungen der Strategie ‘Europa 2020’ in deutschen Regionen (BMVBS-Online-Publikation No. 24/12). Berlin: BMVBS. Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C., Sauerborn, K., Maurer, J. & Harder, V. (2012a). Territorial cohesion in future EU cohesion policy (Forschungen No. 156). Berlin: BMVBS. Download.

Zillmer, S., Böhme, K., Lüer, C., Sauerborn, K., Maurer, J. & Harder, V. (2012b). Territorialer Zusammenhalt in der künftigen Kohäsionspolitik. Endbericht im Rahmen des Ressortforschungsprojektes „Die territoriale Dimension in der zukünftigen EU-Kohäsionspolitik“ (Forschungen No. 155). Berlin: BMVBS. Download.

Böhme, K. (2011a). One for the Road... Regional Insights2(1), p. 27.

Böhme, K. (2011b). Possibilities for an institutional anchorage of territorial cohesion (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 2). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.

Böhme, K. (2011c). Visszaandi a lendlületet - Gondolatok a magyar EU-elnökségről. Falu Város Régió1/2011, pp. 53–56.

Böhme, K., Doucet, P., Komornicki, T., Zaucha, J. & Świątek, D. (2011). How to strengthen the territorial dimension of ‘Europe 2020’ and EU Cohesion Policy. Report prepared at the request of the Polish EU Presidency. Warsaw: Polish Ministry of Regional Development. Download.

Böhme, K. & Eser, T. W. (2011). Territorial cohesion - there it is! And now? (EcoRegion Perspectives No. Series No 2/2011), pp. 8–10. Baltic 21. Download.

Böhme, K. & Gløersen, E. (2011). Territorial Cohesion Storylines: Understanding a Policy Concept (Spatial Foresight Brief No. 1). Heisdorf: Spatial Foresight. Download.

Gløersen, E. & Böhme, K. (2011). Storylines on Territorial Cohesion. Nordregio News, (1), pp. 9–15.

Savbäck, U., Böhme, K. & Johansson, U. (2011). Analysis of needs for financial instruments in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. European Commission DG Regional Policy. Download.

Böhme, K. & Zillmer, S. (2010). Die Territoriale Agenda der EU und ihr Aktionsprogramm: Zwischen europäischen Obstkörben und Papiertigern. Informationen Zur Raumentwicklung8, pp. 567–576.

Böhme, K. (2009). The EU Territorial Agenda & its Action Programme: How to reinforce the performance. Stockholm: Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communication.

Johansson, U. & Böhme, K. (2009). Alternative Futures for the Baltic Sea Region, pp. 12–16. Bollschweil, Germany: Hagbarth Publications.

Kujath, H. J., Zillmer, S., Pflanz, K., Böhme, K., Muschwitz, C. & Spiekermann, K. (2009). Deutschland in Europa(Forschungen No. 135). Berlin/Bonn: BMVBS/BBSR. Download.

Waterhout, B., Mourato, J. & Böhme, K. (2009). The impact of Europeanisation on planning cultures. In J. Knieling & F. Othengrafen (Eds.), Planning cultures in Europe, pp. 239–254. Surrey: Ashgate.

Aalbu, H., Böhme, K. & Uhlin, Å. (2008). Administrative Reform. Arguments and Values (Nordic Research Programme 2005-2008 No. 6). Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. & Eser, T. W. (2008). Territorial Impact Analysis of EU Policies. In A. Faludi (Ed.), European Spatial Research and Planning, pp. 43–66. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Böhme, K., Eser, T. W., Gaskell, F. & Gustedt, E. (2008). The Territorial Cohesion Principles. Position paper to the EU Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion (ARL Position Paper No. 78). Hannover: Academy for Spatial Research and Planning. Download.

Böhme, K. & Waterhout, B. (2008). The Europeanisation of Planning. In Faludi, Andreas (Ed.), European Spatial Research and Planning, pp. 225–248. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Böhme, K. (2007). Understanding Urban Areas as Motors for Development. In P. Stouthysen & J. Pille (Ed.), The State of the City. The City is the State, pp. 33–50. Brussels: University Press. Download.

Halin, G. & Böhme, K. (2007). How to spend it? The territorial road to a modern EU budget. Swedisch Institute for Growth Policy Studies (ITPS).

Böhme, K. (2006a). Discursive European Integration. The Case of Nordic Spatial Planning’. In L. Doria, V. Fedeli, & C. Tedesco (Eds.), Rethinking European Spatial Policy as a Hologram, pp. 215–234. Aldershot: Ashgate. Download.

Böhme, K. (2006b). European Integration in the Field of Spatial Policies. In Å. Mariussen & Å. Uhlin (Eds.), Trans-national practices. System Thinking in Policy Making, pp. 149–168. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (2006c). Gedanken zum räumlichen und gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt. In Sparsamer Staat – Schwache Stadt? (Vol. 13), , pp. 159–164.

Böhme, K. (2006d). Visst påverkar EU fysisk planering i Sverige’. In Planering med nya förutsättningar, pp. 39–56. Linköping: Linköping University Interdisciplinary Studies.

Böhme, K. & Di Biaggio, S. (2006). Portugal in the Light of European Spatial Development, pp. 20–42. Sociedade & Territorio.

Böhme, K. & Mehlbye, P. (2006). The State of European Spatial Development. In L. Pedrazzini (Ed.), The process of territorial cohesion in Europe. Milano: Franco Angeli.

Böhme, K. & Schön, P. (2006). From Leipzig to Leipzig. Territorial Research Delivers Evidence for the New Territorial Agenda of the European Union. disP165(2/2006), pp. 61–70.

Böhme, K. (2005a). Interface – Territorial Cohesion: A Policy Phenomenon in Europe or a Global Issue? Planning Theory & Practice6(3), pp. 387–413.

Böhme, K. (2005b). The ability to learn in transnational projects. Informationen Zur Raumentwicklung 2005, (11/12), pp. 691–700.

Böhme, K. & Hansen, M. (2005). Urban Policy in the Nordic Countries. PLAN, The Swedish Journal of Planning, (English Edition 2005-2006), pp. 6–9.

Lähteenmäki-Smith, K., Fuller, S. & Böhme, K. (2005). Integrated multi-level analysis of the governance of European Space (Nordregio Working Paper No. 2005:2). Stockholm: Nordregio. Download.

Bengs, C., Böhme, K., Husberger, L. & Persson, L. O. (2004). Stad och land. Stockholm: Formas.

Böhme, K. (2004a). Future directions in European spatial policy. In S. Brockett & M. Dahlström (Eds.), Spatial Development Trends. Nordic Countries in a European Context, pp. 179–192. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (2004b). Neu Planungsverständnisse und die Folgen diskursiver europäischer Integration. Planungsrundschau, (9/2004), pp. 74–94.

Böhme, K. (2004c). Nice to Know! So, What? Thoughts from the Nordic Periphery. Ruimte in Debate (Debating Space – Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research), (04/2004), pp. 25–27.

Böhme, K. (2004d). Spitsbergen, 2024. Plan, Tidsskrift for Samfundsplanleggning, Byplan Og Regional Utveckling, (6/2004,), pp. 34–35.

Böhme, K. (2004e). The state of European spatial development: Nordic ESPON impressions. Journal of Nordregio4(4), pp. 7–13.

Böhme, K. & Josserand, F. (2004). Trans-national Co-operation: An instrument for organisational learning and social capital building. Journal of Nordregio, (1/2004), pp. 18–20.

Böhme, K., Richardson, T., Dabinett, G. & Jensen, O. B. (2004). Values in a vacuum? Towards an integrated multi-level analysis of the governance of European space. European Planning Studies12(8), p. 1175. Download.

Brockett, S., Böhme, K. & Dahlström, M. (2004). Wild cards and trends. In S. Brockett & M. Dahlström (Eds.), Spatial Development Trends. Nordic Countries in a European Context, pp. 203–214. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (2003a). Die neuen RaumplanerInnen – Die Europäische Dimension’. RAUM, Österreichische Zeitschrift Für Raumplanung Und Regionalpolitik52(3), pp. 27–31.

Böhme, K. (2003b). Discursive European integration: The case of Nordic spatial planning. Town Planning Review74(1), pp. 11–29.

Böhme, K. (2003c). Nationella rumsliga planer i fem länder. Nationell horisontal och vertikal integration och europeisk samordning (Nordregio electronic paper).

Böhme, K. & Hansen, M. (2003). Stadspolitik i Norden: Ett nytt politikområde på intåg?’. PLAN, (2-3/2003), pp. 8–11.

Böhme, K., Josserand, F., Haraldsson, P. I., Bachtler, J. & Polverari, L. (2003). Trans-national Nordic-Scottish Co-operation. Lessons for Policy and Practice. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (2002a). Much Ado about Evidence: Reflections from Policy Making in the European Union. Planning Theory & Practice3(1), pp. 99–101.

Böhme, K. (2002b). Nationella strategier för regional utvecklingsplanering: en titt över gränserna. PLAN, (1-2/2002), pp. 13–18.

Böhme, K. (2002c). Nordic Echoes of European Spatial Planning. Discursive Integration in Practice. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (2001a). Spatial Planning in the Light of Nordic Eccentricity. Built Environment, (27(4)), pp. 295–303.

Böhme, K. (2001b). Swedish Spatial Development Perspectives’. In I. Christoferson (Ed.), Swedish Planning in Times of Diversity, pp. 85–88. Gävle: Swedish Society of Town and Country Planning.

Böhme, K. (2001c). The Scandinavian Countries and European Spatial Development Perspectives (Nordregio electronic paper), pp. 1–6.

Böhme, K., Eliasson, B., Eriksson, A. & Viehhauser, M. (2000). Vart tog planeringen vägen. PLAN, (5-6/99), pp. 223–227.

Böhme, K., Lange, B. & Hansen, M. (Eds.). (2000). Property Development and Land-Use Planning around the Baltic Sea. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Faludi, A. & Böhme, K. (Eds.). (2000). Nordic Planning Meets Europe (Special Issue). Built Environment26(1), pp. 5–12.

Hilding-Rydevik, T. & Böhme, K. (2000). Partnerships: implementing sustainable development through spatial planning. European Nature, (5/2000).

Schulman, M. & Böhme, K. (2000). New Dynamics in a Municipal-Based Planning System: Spatial Planning in Sweden. Built Environment26(1), pp. 72–81.

Böhme, K. (1999). Schweden – ein Modell für Konsens und Rationalität? Raumforschung Und Raumordnung, (Heft 5-6, 1999), pp. 338–349.

Böhme, K. & Bengs, C. (Eds.). (1999). From Trends to Visions. The European Spatial Development Perspective. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. & Kokkonen, M. (1999). INTERREG IIC CADSES Interim Evaluation (Working Paper 1999:7). Stockholm: Nordregio.

Persson, L. O., Aalbu, H., Böhme, K. & Hallin, G. (1999). C-FRAMÅT. Att välja regionala framtider för Uppsala län(Nordregio Working Paper 1999:4). Stockholm: Nordregio.

Bengs, C. & Böhme, K. (Eds.). (1998). The Progress of European Spatial PlanningNordregio Report 1998:1. Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (1998a). Agenda 21-Arbeit in Schweden. Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung, (Rundbrief 3/1998), p. 13.

Böhme, K. (1998b). A Nordic View on ESDP. North, (4/98), pp. 31–34.

Böhme, K. (1998c). Nordic Impressions of ESDP (The Progress of European Spatial Planning). Stockholm: Nordregio.

Böhme, K. (1998d). Nordregio, de Noordse landen en het EROP. NIROV Europlan Bulletin, (8/1998).

Burmeister, K. & Böhme, K. (Eds.). (1997). Telematic Cities. Perspektiven nachhaltiger Stadtentwicklung. SFZ Werkstattbericht 17, (17).

Böhme, K. (1996). Das neue Zauberwort heißt Telematische Stadt. (Kommunalverband Ruhrgebiet, Ed.). Essen: Klartext.

Burmeister, K. & Böhme, K. (1996). Telematic Cities. TA-Datenbank-Nachrichten, (2/96, Jg.5).

Böhme, K. (1995). Telematic Cities in Gelsenkirchen. Zukünfte, (4/95, Jg.5).

Böhme, K., Burmeister, K. & Wyss, U. (1995). Telematik für die Städte Europas (SFZ Werkstattbericht No. 16). Gelsenkirchen.