MDI to Draw Future-Oriented Vision for Kotka-Hamina Region

The ongoing gigantic structural reforms in Finland dramatically reshape municipalities in the near future. Cursor Oy, Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company, has appointed MDI to carry out a future-oriented study in the region. The main objective for the study is to find out, how the region of Kotka-Hamina secures the important development of vitality and lobbying especially from the point of view of administrative structures. The study will be carried out as an intensive process. In the first phase Perlacon Ltd, MDI’s partner in the study, will conduct an analysis on Kotka-Hamina municipalities’ financial performance. Building on this, MDI will continue by designing and implementing an online survey to the municipalities in the region, interview the most central city officials and organise workshops for the regional council. The study will be completed by the end of February 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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