Kristiina Helenius and Natalia Rincon to join MDI’s Advisor Team, Minna Utriainen as a partner

MDI’s influence, international business environment and urban planning knowledge will be strengthened in the summer. We are delighted to announce that M.Sc. Kristiina Helenius and architect Natalia Rincon are involved in the advisor team.

Kristiina has worked internationally for twenty years. As a Director of the Nordic West Office in the United States, she wants to make sure that Nordic voice is heard in the Super Capital. She works as an international business environment and the US advisor in MDI. Natalia is an architect and IT engineer who is excited about citizen participation, urban planning and smart cities. She has established and is the Managing Director of CHAOS Architects and writing her work in the field of Urban Planning in her doctoral thesis at Aalto University. In MDI, she acts as an advisor for urban politics.

We also have the pleasure to announce a proven partnership with Minna Utriainen and Nitroid xD Oy. Minna Utriainen is a brilliant and brave strategic communications expert.

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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