Charming Urban Policy

The grand old man of urban policy Eero Holstila and young gun Timo Hämäläinen further boost MDI’s urban development wing.

Eero is well known for his central role when the first wave of urban policy came ashore in Finland in mid-1990s. Since then, Eero has run Culminatum Ltd and made Helsinki funnier and more competitive as the Business Director of City of Helsinki. Lately he has focused on the vitality of municipalities. Eero knows European research and development networks through and through.

Timo is a planning geographer having an influence nationally and also internationally in the forefront of urbanism. He knows cities, their most wicked problems, and also means to solve them. He has burst onto the urban scene as an analytic thinker with his blog From Rurban to Urban (urbanfinland.com) sparring Finnish cities and city developers. Timo is also the co-founder of Urban Helsinki, a collective designing fringe plans. Timo has gathered schooling, experiences, and know-how from different continents. His past includes consultation, centre of expertise programme, and UN, future MDI.

Co-founders and partners Jarl Matti Anttila, Anssi Uitto, and Jukka Vesalainen continue in MDI’s advisor team, alongside with Tero Vuorinen and Jesse Heimonen.

MDI’s thesis on urban policy are published in Piparkakkutalo in Hämeenlinna on 23 September 2014 at 5 pm. 

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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