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Conference on Methodologies for Researching Think tanks: Social Network Analysis

In advance of the first International Online Conference: Insights into Think Tanks (August – October 2015), Jordan Soukias Tchilingirian, shares a Methodology Brief on Social Network Analysis.

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Conference on Methodologies for Researching Think tanks: Case Studies

In advance of the first International Online Conference: Insights into Think Tanks (August – October 2015), Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, shares a Methodology Brief on Case studies, Qualitative Methods and Diachronic Perspectives.

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Think tanks and universities – Different, yet similar: The South Asian Context

On this fourth post from the series on think tanks and universities, Arif Naveed analyses the relationship between these two types of organisations in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, explaining the motivational factors that could strengthen their relationship.

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Is there a systemic gender bias in knowledge production? A look at UK Universities and Think Tanks

In this eighth post in our series on Women in Think Tanks Josephine Tsui, of the Overseas Development Institute, analyses the gender distribution of staff in top think tanks and universities in the UK in an attempt to determine if there is systemic gender bias in knowledge production. The posts presents data on development and economics policy areas calling attention to gender imbalances between think tanks and universities and policy research areas and highlights gaps in available data on women's representation.

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Universities and Think Tanks in Africa: Competing or Complementing?

Collaboration between think tanks and universities is essential to knowledge production. However, certain elements can make this relationship difficult. In this third post from the Think Tanks and Universities series, Darlison Kaija, from PASGR, presents a study on the relationship between think tanks and universities in ten African countries.

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Más Saber América Latina: Promoting links between think tanks and universities

Despite representing 10% of the world’s population, research shows that Latin America produces less than 3% of the world’s scientific knowledge. Collaboration between think tanks and universities can be seen as a way to change this. In this second post from the Think Tanks and Universities series, Grupo FARO’s Orazio Bellettini and Adriana Arellano presents Más Saber América Latina, a project that explores and promotes links between think tanks and universities in Latin America.

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Think Tanks and Universities: a whole greater than the sum of the parts?

This is the first post from a series on Think Tanks and Universities. In this post, Peter Taylor reflects on the challenges of selecting beneficiaries that apply for funding, which can include both think tanks and universities. As collaboration becomes an increasingly important element of knowledge generation, donors have to be careful that the relationship between think tanks and universities is not affected by competition for funds.

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International Online Conference: Insights into Think Tanks (August – October 2015)

This international online conference, possibly the first of its kind, aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the study of think tanks across the world. The sessions provide an opportunity to discuss research methods to further understand these organisations and their impact on politics and society more broadly. Sign-up to join as a panelist or participant.

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Who are the most influential EU think tanks on Twitter?

On this last post from the series on EU Think Tanks and Twitter, Luca Barani focuses on the main challenges to measure how influential is an EU think tank on Twitter. It presents a small case study on the communication activities of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogues, an influential annual policy forum.

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Unravelling the business models of think tanks in Latin America and Indonesia

The business model is an essential part of think tanks sustainability. In this post Ashari Cahyo Edi and Leandro Echt, outline a research project aimed at understanding what are the key aspects that characterise effective business models in think tanks in Indonesia and Latin America.

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