Beyond MALPE-coordination: integrative envisioning

The research was funded by Strategic Research Council at the Research Council of Finland.

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Funder's project number303552

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  • 441 127,00

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Project start date01/06/2016

Project end date31/03/2019


Beyond MALPE-coordination: integrative envisioning.

Similarly to other European countries, Finnish urban regions are facing a variety of challenges: urban sprawl, enhanced by migration, puts pressure on sustainability and accessibility and accelerates segregation, local economies struggle to remain efficient and competitive, urban governance finds it hard to engage citizens, and urban development continues to operate in ‘silos’ and lacks policy integration. Hence, the focal point of the project is to develop integrative perspectives in Finnish city-regional governance to meet these challenges.

In Finland, integrated land use, housing, transport, services and economic development (MALPE) has become a new practice to encompass key municipal planning sectors and to address state/city region relations in urban regions. Progressing upon the MALPE framework, the project aims at: 1) comprehending Finnish urbanization processes, urban-rural and agglomeration dynamics and drivers in a Nordic and broader international comparative context, and their implications to sustainability, functionality and economic livelihood; 2) gaining analytical insight of tendencies towards depolicization and ambiguities in knowledge management and policymaking in the current MALPE work; and 3) providing normative solutions for coping with these processes and tendencies, in terms of incorporating qualitatively new knowledge on emerging urban phenomena and new forms of political agency, and for inter-linking sectored and scaled policy sectors. With research insights gained from the above, the project aims at 4) generating policy and planning recommendations for Finnish city regions involved in MALPE work. In a co-creative fashion with the stakeholders, urban planning, policy co-coordination and scenario-making (e-)tools will be developed, in a) identifying, modelling and estimating critical thresholds in the development of urban structures, transport and service networks, migration, commuting and consumption patterns and agglomeration mechanisms, b) developing foresight in scenario-building and envisioning future pathways and c) configuring necessary strategic choices towards more sustainable urban development. The project addresses questions A-D of the Research Programme.

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Profiling areaSchool of Wellbeing (University of Jyväskylä JYU) JYU.Well

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