MDI provides solutions for City of Kauhava’s attractiveness factors

MDI helped the city of Kauhava to draft a new strategy. Previously Kauhava had identified the need of determining its main attractiveness factors. MDI executed profiles for the main groups who had moved in and also for those groups who had moved elsewhere. The main groups were analyzed based on their age, occupation, education and income level. As a part of the project, MDI identified different financial incentives what Finnish cities use in order to be more attractive and competitive. As an outcome of the project, MDI provided multiple solutions for the city of Kauhava in order to enhance their attractiveness. The project was finished in September 2018.

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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