MDI spars Seinäjoki’s new sector of vitality and competitiveness

The city of Seinäjoki has decided to reshape its organisation starting from 1st June 2017. The new vitality and competitiveness sector and the board steering its’ operations will cover the city’s development and employment services, development of vitality, lobbying, stakeholder relationships, and international affairs as well as communication, marketing, events, and tasks for promoting health in the city. MDI spars the city in the design and construction of new sector and in defining the tasks within it. MDI carries out a two-day workshop for the sector’s key personnel after Easter.

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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