The City of Porvoo’s cultural programme is carried out in a spirit of multidisciplinary

MDI implements a cultural programme for the City of Porvoo together with the City of Porvoo and MDI’s partner Krista Petäjäjärvi. The purpose of the work phases is to form a common vision and a concrete action plan for the development of Porvoo’s cultural activities up to 2030. The work is designed to build a common understanding of the growing importance of culture for Porvoo as part of the city’s identity and attractiveness. It strengthens multidisciplinary cooperation and supports decision-making and highlights the multidisciplinary and polyphonic set of actors in Porvoo’s cultural arena. The programme includes a description of the current state of Porvoo’s cultural activities; organises workshops for a wide range of actors and collects material through interviews and a comprehensive survey.

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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