Double comeback

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MDI continues launching growth-news as an ”every-monday-habit” in September. Today, two ex-workers make a double comeback as M.Sc. (admin.) Benjamin Heikkinen and B.Sc. (econ.) Maria Yli-Koski both join the team. In his previous career at MDI, Benjamin took part in a thorough impact evaluation of regional and local development strategies as a part of Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2007–2013. Now Benjamin joins the team on a permanent contract having worked previously at the city of Espoo as a team leader. Maria instead, has a key role in the ex ante evaluation of structural funds programme couple of years ago. Maria brings a warm and exotic breeze from Brazil where she worked as a researcher in UN related to sustainable development for the past year. Welcome back, both of you!

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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