28.4.2014 MDI workshopped Education department of the City of Helsinki

Education questions in Helsinki, especially size and number of schools, are in headlines of newspapers almost every day. In times like this it is crucial to focus on big picture: what is the direction for development in the education, and what are the steps the City of Helsinki will take in the coming three and ten years. What are the most important phenomena in the education field and what happens in surroundings, how does City react and proact? MDI held a workshop for leading politicians and civil servants in the end of April 2014. Workshop launched a strategy process that will take place in Education department in becoming years. 

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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