Final Sprint in the Evaluation of Regional Programmes of Northern Finland

During the latter part of summer and early autumn, MDI has been busy with thoroughly studying regional programmes of four regions in Northern Finland (Kainuu, Central Ostrobothnia, Lapland and Oulu region). Of especial interest have been the preparation process and impacts of the programmes. Based on a compact document analysis MDI has carried out an online survey for developers and decision-makers in all regions. The survey gathered a large number of insights from the stakeholders concerning results and impacts of the programmes. Alongside with the survey, MDI has also interviewed nearly 30 experts in four regions. The inteviews dug out particular success stories and development objects in the programme implementation. Next week (week 39) MDI organises evaluation workshops in each region to further elaborate the preliminary findings of the evaluation. The regional councils have requested MDI to roast and challenge participants in order to find necessary development tasks for the future. The whole process culminates in the joint evaluation session for the regions to be held later in October in Luosto skiing resort in Lapland.

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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