MDI creates a Regional Development Snapshot Tool to support the Regional Government Reform

MDI leads a consortium that during 2017 constructs a Regional Development Snapshot Tool, which combines the most functional user-driven data production models that the state and the regions use in decision-making. The aim is to select the most important quantitative and qualitative indicators, which provide quick and up to date information about regional development in the regions. The aim is to select evidence-based indicators that are so called rapid and sensitive variables. These variables are essential in identifying the specific features of changes in the regional economy and development. The Snapshot Tool is connected to the regional reform and thus to the regional development system. The Tool will be tested in autumn 2017 when the provisional county institutions will start their operations. The study is part of the implementation of the Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research for 2017.

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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