Joint Government Research Projects Match Perfectly with MDI’s Profile

MDI has three core areas 1) cities, 2) rural areas and 3) renewing regions and municipalities. Government of Finland coordinates joint analysis, assessment and research activities, which generate information that support decision-making, working practices and management by knowledge. MDI was very successful in the spring 2016 round, as we are currently involved in three projects, which match perfectly with our profile. Firstly, urban issues are linked to the definition and alignment of the functional urban areas and development zones in Finland. We co-operate in this ToKaSu project with the Finnish Environment Institute. Secondly, the development of services in rural areas utilising digitalisation and experiments are investigated in DIPA project together with Spatia at the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Environment Institute and the University of Vaasa. Thirdly, the effectiveness of the regional system, customer-orientation and cost-effectiveness of regional administration reform is analysed in VAAKA project. The study covers in particular the ELY Centres and Employment and Economic Development offices. The project involves Tempo Economics Ltd and Melkior Ltd. All the studies will be completed in 2017, but MDI will spread information for use along the way whenever it is possible.

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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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