The Service Profile of Policy Research & Consultancy

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Policy Research & Consultancy (PRAC) is a research-based consulting bureau specialised on spatial development issues in a broader context of economic policy. The major fields of engagement comprise:


  • Evaluation of regional development programmes financed by the European Structural Funds (ERDF regional policy interventions, cross-border and transnational co-operation, EAFRD Rural Development Programmes etc.);
  • accompanying regional policy research 
  • economic policy advice in developing and transition countries (poverty-oriented regional and structural policy, employment policy, innovation policy).
  • Empirical research on EU cohesion policy in the context of market integration
  • Empirical research on spatial change (rural - peri-urban - urban) based on small scale grid data (notably nocturnal satellite imagery)



The underlying philosophy of Policy Research & Consultancy is the provision of high-quality policy advice based on utilisation of most recent international research and the application of appropriate empirical methods. 

Since 1991 (occasionally since 1984) the bureau has been operated as a free-lance business with access to a broader partnership network of international advisers and researchers in corresponding fields of consultancy. In 2004 it was transformed into a registered partnership company.


Important clients are, among others:


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Eschborn
  • The European Commission, Brussels
  • The European Parliament, Brussels
  • INTERACT North Point, Turku
  • Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung
  • NRW Ministry of Economy, Energy, Industry, SME and Crafts
  • Ministry of Economy, Transport, Agriculture and viticulture, Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Protection, Slovenia
  • Joint Technical Secretariat of the Interreg IIIB Programme North-West-Europe, Lille
  • Research voor Beleid, Leiden
  • Gesellschaft für Organisation, Planung und Ausbildung (GOPA) GmbH, Bad Homburg
  • West Midlands Enterprise Ltd., Birmingham
  • Montgomery Watson Ltd., High Wycombe
  • Ecotec Research & Consulting Ltd., Birmingham
Long-standing international work experiences in numerous European, Asian, Oriental and African countries, linked to the approach of research-based consultancy, has ensured a professional and reliable execution of our consultancy activities.

Policy Research & Consultancy is member of the


  • Verein für Socialpolitik; and
  • Regional Studies Association (London)
  • Regional Science Association International (German speaking section GfR)