MDI to guide strategy process in Kokkola

The city of Kokkola is renewing its strategy and simultaneously preparing for celebrating city’s 400th anniversary in 2020. City of Kokkola has appointed MDI to support the city in the strategy process. MDI’s role is to desing and carry out the strategy provcess, make a proposal for the structure of strategy document and sum up the process as a final report. MDI is also facilitating workshops during the process. The strategy process will be carried out by actively participating city’s personnel, politicians, inhabitants and different stakeholders in the process. The strategy will be ready in September 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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