Population forecast for region of South Ostrobotnia

MDI calculated a specific population forecast for the region of South Ostrobotnia based on the forecast model designed in February 2019. In addition, a general overview of the expected prognosis on a municipal level was produced. In the regional forecast, the three basic elements of the population were considered: natural population growth, migration, and immigration. Regional forecast also includes three alternative scenarios. In municipal forecasts, the future progress was outlined based on three basic elements and in three critical age groups. The work was commissioned by the Regional Council of South Ostrobotnia.

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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