Study on Future Municipalities Completed

The most important tasks for future municipalities may be summarised as development, education, and planning. This is what we state at our study Municipalities as places for activities ordered by the Ministry of Finance in Finland. In the future, the development and decision-making in municipalities will be based on active discussion between decision-makers, experts and the citizens. Municipalities will open as platforms for development. More attention will be put in activating various stakeholders, which means how citizens, communities, associations, and companies may take actively part in the future-making processes within municipalities. There’s also a need for an upheaval in the municipal sector – novel thinking, experiments, and operation models are widely needed. The future success of municipalities relies on the operative culture, not the forms of organising. Our study is linked with the Finnish government’s reform Future municipality. The findings of the study are based on a large-scale survey aimed at the municipal representatives and leading civil servants in the Finnish municipalities (11292 receivers, 3505 respondents), expert interviews and focus group discussions in with seven  municipalities.

For more information, please see our project site (in Finnish).

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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