MDI continued sparring of the smart and green small cities in Finland

Small and medium-sized cities, of which there are about 40 in total in Finland, are in important role in national regional and urban structure. Their development is challenged by both industrial and public sector structural changes. Ministry of Employment and the Economy has launched a small pilot programme on the development of small and medium-sized cities. MDI sparred smart and green small cities when they gathered to the premises of Local Finland in Helsinki in May. Most interesting themes are bioeconomy, resource wisdom, energy efficiency, and smart planning and living.

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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