Going strong into the new year!

MDI’s team of experts and advisors were strengthened at the turn of the year with new talents. Iina Tunkkari and Sebastian Hovi started out as experts while Timo Widbom, a long-standing geospatial and information service professional, joined our advisory team.

Iina holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Tampere, majoring in municipal communications. Sebastian is a human geographer who is deeply familiar with the processes of Regional Council interest-promotion as well as with those associated with the fields of regional development and planning more generally.

Timo brings with him almost thirty years of experience in spatial information systems and their use in information management and in support of decision making. He works as an information service expert in the city of Pori and is currently preparing his dissertation in the doctoral programme in technical and economic information management at the University of Tampere, in the Pori unit.

Get to know the new MDI-members and our expertise in more detail at https://www.mdi.fi/en/us/.

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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