MDI explores the effects of rural development work

MDI and partners are going to analyse the effects of local, regional and national rural development work. In addition, the ways of measuring the effects are going to be analysed. The study differs from the previous evaluations because all of the regional levels are going to be analysed at the same time. It is essential to find out how well actors at different levels interact and whether the actions are supported by each other. The work will be completed in the autumn of 2015. Ruralia is responsible for analysing the local level, the regional level is going to be analysed but Avaintaito and national level by Spatia. MDI is responsible for the work as a whole and participates in the evaluation of all levels.

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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