17.3.2015 MDI Concepts Rural Network Day

The Rural Network Services of Agency for Rural Affairs organises a Rural Network Day for all rural developers, researchers, and enthusiasts in the Scandic Marina Congress Centre, Helsinki on Thursday 26th March 2015. During the day, ideas and content to support the action plans of the rural network and its working groups will be produced. The participants will also be provided with inspiration to the network activities in the form of key note speeches and mini-workshops. MDI will design a concept for the day including facilitation methods and tools and printed material in co-operation with the Rural Network Services. 

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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