MDI proposes new economic development organization to the City of Jyväskylä

Sustainable vitality is one of the core tasks of future cities in Finland. A successful city must be attractive and appealing. All sectors of the city organisation are responsible for building vitality. But frankly, only a fraction of this new vitality is result of actions by the city itself. Vitality is becoming more depended on the activities of other community actors such as businesses, educational institutions and civil society. The current economic development organisation model is no longer the best possible way for the future. The report contains a proposal for a new organisation model, as well as the main content areas. In addition, the report contains suggestions for organising more extensive participation and development forums to be held in Jyväskylä. Vibrant Jyväskylä study was made in the autumn of 2016 and carried out by MDI’s Senior Advisor Eero Holstila. The city makes decision based on the study in the spring 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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