MDI evaluates the transport strategy of Southwest Finland

MDI will evaluate the transport strategy of Southwest Finland together with Linea. The strategy was finished in 2014 and thereafter, implementation of several actions in the plan have proceeded.

Also, there has been many changes in the operational environment, so it is necessary to evaluate the need to update the goals and actions. At the same time, legislative changes and administrative reforms will bring changes in the organization and content of the transport system design.

The regional council of Southwest Finland and the ELY Centre of Southwest Finland commissioned a consultancy work to evaluate the current transportation strategy. MDI is responsible for analyzing the operating environment and organizing workshops.

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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