The lessons for developing functional areas and growth zones published in the Kotka Citizen*ship forum

Project “Functional Urban Areas and Growth Zones in Finland (ToKaSu)” identified the importance of growth zones and their development needs in Finland. The research report was published at the Citizen*ship Urban Development Forum in Kotka on 11th May 2017. In the ToKaSu project, assessment of growth zones has been developed on the basis of nationwide GIS data. The subject of the evaluation has been the amount of interaction and its relative importance, the interaction potential of accessibility and the growth and development in the zones, among other things, from the point of view of the population and the workforce. In addition, information has been gathered via 39 interviews with urban developers and with a network survey for SMEs, answered by almost 2 300 companies.

The results provide tools for evaluating growth zones and directing development activities so that zone interactions can be taken into account in the regional reform and other societal changes. Growth zones are identified at different regional levels and are used as tools for marketing areas, attracting investment, and enhancing cooperation between different actors across administrative boundaries. Project was conducted in co-operation with the Finnish Enviroment Institute.

Report (in Finnish): http://tietokayttoon.fi/julkaisu?pubid=19701

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

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