MDI has been busy studying counties’ role in RDI activities of social and health services

The health, social services and regional government reform will establish the new counties in 2021. In the reform the responsibility to organize both social and health services and research, development and innovation activities (RDI) will be part of the new counties’ tasks. Together with 4Front Oy and NHG (Nordic Healthcare Group) MDI is carrying out a study about the current state of social and health service related RDI activities in Finland. The aim of the study is to support the upcoming reform.

The mid-term report of the process was released today. Later on the counties’ views, suggestions and feedback will be discussed in two workshops during fall 2018 and spring 2019. The final report will be released in the fall 2019.

You can find the whole report (in Finnish) here and related material (in English) here.

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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