First Findings of the Evaluation of the National Network on Land use, Housing and Transportation

MDI is evaluating the National Network on Land use, Housing and Transportation. The network consists of 16 cities or city regions and national actors (information about the network in English). The evaluation will be finished at the end of August but already the first findings indicate that the network has been a success. The network has spread knowledge and experiences. The priorities and themes have been up to date. For an example many city regions have been developing the regions surrounding railway stations. The biggest stumbling block has been the financing of the network which has been granted annually. This has made long-term planning impossible. Trends and the government programme imply that the need for the network and the development of the land use, housing and transportation issues exists.

For more information (in Finnish): First findings of the evaluation of National Network on Land use, Housing and Transportation

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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