Southern Finland’s development corridors profiled by MDI

The development of the regions is channelled more and more to development corridors crossing administrative borders. The Region of Uusimaa (Finlands capital region) is preparing the launch of a new comprehensive regional plan, and a key part of this preparatory work is prioritising focus areas of development on regional structure and on main transport networks. This work was supported by profiling work of Southern Finland’s development corridors conducted by the MDI. As a result, different colour-coded development corridors were drawn: Blue to Turku, Orange to Tampere, Green to Lahti and Kouvola and Red to Kotka.  Our partner in visualisation of results was NitroID. The final report (in Finnish) can be found on the webpage of Regional Council of Helsinki–Uusimaa.

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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