A1 Journal article (refereed)
Explaining the Difference between Policy-Based Evidence and Evidence-Based Policy : A Nexus Analysis Approach to Mobilities and Migration (2019)

Aarnikoivu, M., Korhonen, S., Habti, D., & Hoffman, D. (2019). Explaining the Difference between Policy-Based Evidence and Evidence-Based Policy : A Nexus Analysis Approach to Mobilities and Migration. Journal of Finnish Studies, 22(1-2), 213-240. https://doi.org/10.5406/28315081.

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Publication details

All authors or editorsAarnikoivu, Melina; Korhonen, Sirpa; Habti, Driss; Hoffman, David

Journal or seriesJournal of Finnish Studies



Publication year2019


Issue number1-2

Pages range213-240

PublisherSam Houston State University

Place of PublicationHuntsville

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/63814

Additional informationSpecial issue: Engaging the New Mobilities Paradigm in the Context of Finland. Guest edited by Driss Habti and Tuulikki Kurki.


In this policy analysis, we explain the difference between policy-based evidence (PBE) and evidence-based policy (EBP). We argue that better, evidence-based understanding, explanations, and questions can be sought by problematizing the challenging forms of twenty-first century migration and mobilities. We emphasize that this can be done by not confusing PBE with EBP, especially when each is needed as a basis for specific types of action. By focusing on topics often viewed as “unrelated” or confused with one another, we underline the social dynamics that are unfamiliar to many policy actors, professionals, and stakeholders, who rely on scholars for actionable analyses. Our mode of inquiry is based on nexus analysis, and it contrasts and problematizes our recent studies, research in progress related to distinct types of mobilities and migration. The article draws on four disciplines and a more diverse set of perspectives than is the norm in Finland. Because of this, we are able to articulate better the relationship between contemporary migration challenges in Finland and present better policy questions that the mobilities paradigm brings into view.

Keywordstertiary educationmobilityimmigrationmigratory movement (demography)evidence-based practicesnexus analysis

Free keywordshigher education; migration; mobilities; policy analysis; Europe

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Reporting Year2019

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