Doing an internship by working from home

Last week, we welcomed our new trainee Maria Jussila, who, given the current ‘exceptional circumstances’ must now complete her internship from home.

“It feels that I got along nicely with my colleagues, despite working remotely. The work has gone well remotely. Work requires concentration and long periods of uninterrupted time, so making it from home is the best option for this”, says Maria. The orientation has been done online while co-workers are met daily during ‘virtual coffee’ sessions.

Maria is a double-degree student with four years of social work studies and two years of administrative science studies behind her. She is interested in the structures and development of social and health care and broadly also in the future responsibilities of the municipalities. During her internship, she will mainly work on the VN TEAS project which examines the effects of the funding responsibility for basic income on the activities of the municipalities.

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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