Sastamala – from friction to vitality

Sastamala tries to turn the on-going structural changes and challenges from friction to regional vitality. The work includes a total of six different tasks: the intensification of cooperation with the business sector and the third sector; producing vitality services together with other actors, as well as experimentation of different methods in producing service; the development of the city leadership in the new situation; review and development of the public service processes; the development of family services, as well as the development of tools for monitoring regional vitality development. Almost everyone from MDI’s two offices and a bunch of advisors are involved in this work, as well as Jouko Luukkonen from LGR-Consulting Ltd. The work will continue until the end of 2018. The client is the city of Sastamala and funding comes from the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

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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