Innovative Cities Sparked by MDI

Innovative Cities Programme (INKA) is one of the key instruments for accelerating new innovation-based businesses by promoting development platforms and lead market initiatives in Finland in the programme period 2014–2020. The Cities of Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Oulu, Tampere and Vaasa are leading five themes: Bioeconomy, Cybersafety, Health, Smart City and renewal of industries, and Energy, in which respectively take part also cities of Helsinki capital region, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Pori, Seinäjoki and Turku. These cities among with regional development companies, regional councils and the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) gathered to Messukeskus conference centre in Helsinki to develop further their implementation plans, facilitated and sparked by MDI.

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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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