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The On Think Tanks Interview: Gilles Yabi from West Africa Citizen Think Tank

Gilles Yabi, founder of West Africa Citizen Think Talk, talks about his personal and professional motivations for setting up this new think tank. The interview also discusses the main problems that countries from Francophone Africa face in formulating effective public policy, and the role think tanks can play in this process.

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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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Nesta’s Innovative Lab Global Map: is this a map of a new breed of think tanks?

In the run-up to the LabWorks 2015, Adam Price, form Nesta, has developed an online searchable global map to showcase over 80 public innovation labs working within government. What are public innovation labs and how do they related to think tanks?

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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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Redefining the ‘ideal worker': Rachel Moss offers a unique perspective on gender performance in the workplace.

Are we allowed to show emotions in the workplace? How is this different for women and men? As part of the series on Women in Think Tanks, we are re-posting Rachel Moss' article on gender and emotionality in the workplace, based on her own experience as a scholar and on her studies in performance of masculinity in medieval romance.

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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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Women in Think Tanks in Peru: Conversations with Cynthia Sanborn and María Balarín  

The fifth post in our series on women in think tanks draws on interview feedback from two women thinktankers working in Peru. Cynthia Sanborn contributes her perspective as the Director of CIUP, emphasising organisational assessments of diversity and the crucial role of providing spaces for women researchers to maintain the same level of visibility as male researchers, as well as the possible role of donors in supporting organizations gender equity efforts. Maria Balarín shares her perspective from her work at GRADE as well as her research findings from a recent publication on women in the social sciences, emphasising the importance of recognising and addressing subtle institutionalised gender dynamics prevalent across professional fields.

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