Autumn brings back familiar faces

In August-September, we were happy to welcome some familiar faces back into the office when experts Benjamin Heikkinen, Satu Tolonen and Niklas Aro returned to the team.

Benjamin Heikkinen’s work includes a comprehensive selection of e.g. various studies and evaluations related to rural development and project funding. Satu Tolonen will continue to develop and maintain information services, complementing our information expertise while Niklas Aro is focused on work related to migration and demographic development, as well as the processing of various data sets.

In the near future, we will also be able to publish recruitment news for new MDI-employees, as today the search ends for the positions of a data analyst and sales-minded municipal consultant.

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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