Understanding think tanks

Think tanks are a difficult subject of study. The definition of a think tank is a heavily contested issue and a topic for heated conversations. To understand what they are we must first understand their origins and evolution over time as well as their context and their relationship with it.

There articles offer an insight into think tanks, their relationships with each other and with other actors, and into the very different contexts in which they thrive around the world.

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On Think Tanks Conference 2018

University of Bath in London, 83 Pall Mall, London

The On Think Tanks Conference is an opportunity to bring together thinktankers, think tank scholars, policy entrepreneurs and think tanks funders from around the world to share experiences, present their research,...

February 13, 2018

Winterschool for Thinktankers 2018 – Geneva

Think Tank Hub, Geneva

The  Winterschool for Thinktankers is a unique opportunity for young and proactive individuals to develop their knowledge and understanding of think tanks and to prepare themselves to become future policy...

February 4, 2018


Caucasus Research Resource Centers

The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) were founded as a network of research, resource and training centers established in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the goal of strengthening...

December 1, 2017

The School of Thinktankers

On Think Tanks has teamed up with foraus, a Swiss foreign policy think tank in Geneva, to organise the first School of Think Tankers aimed at inspiring the next generations of think tank leaders. Other School of...

December 13, 2017

How to participate?

How to participate in the On Think Tanks Working Paper Series? Check out our research agenda: On Think Tanks has published a research agenda to guide the choice of papers to publish. Please read it. We will...

November 16, 2017

On Think Tanks Working Paper Series

On Think Tanks, University of Bath and Universidad del Pacífico have partnered to produce a series of Working Papers focused on the study of think tanks to give new researchers a chance to publish their ideas and...

November 16, 2017

Semana de la Evidencia 2017

Latin America

Los invitamos a ser parte de la Semana de la Evidencia 2017. El pasado octubre celebramos la primera #SemanadelaEvidencia en el Perú. Más de 1,200 participantes, 110 ponentes, 30 eventos y 40 organizadores...

October 16, 2017

Politics, fake news and the post-truth era

The Edge Arts Lecture Theatre, University of Bath

The Institute for Policy Research’s 2017 symposium Politics, Fake News and the Post-Truth Era will examine public policy and politics in the current age of disruption, when established norms of democratic debate...

September 14, 2017
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