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A selection of data and charts using the directory database

Topics covered

Here you will find the topics that think tanks focus on and which are more popular by region. See FAQs section for details on topics and other variables. You can also see other charts based on: You can also download the full dataset and explore all the data available.
Worldwide
Social policy
1,548 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,414 
Governance/Transparency
1,393 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
1,299 
Law/Justice/Human rights
1,062 
International affairs/Development
1,057 
Education
808 
Defence/Peace/Security
798 
Health
582 
Technology/Innovation
559 
Gender
537 
Food/Agriculture
486 
Private sector development
426 
Media/Culture/Sport
353 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
323 
Children focus
 68
Children
 7
N/A
 1
Asia
Trade/Economics/Finance
427 
Social policy
414 
Governance/Transparency
386 
International affairs/Development
310 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
270 
Defence/Peace/Security
240 
Law/Justice/Human rights
223 
Education
194 
Media/Culture/Sport
151 
Private sector development
142 
Gender
138 
Food/Agriculture
123 
Technology/Innovation
120 
Health
119 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 71
Children focus
 23
Children
 1
Europe
Social policy
595 
Governance/Transparency
500 
Trade/Economics/Finance
486 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
442 
International affairs/Development
397 
Law/Justice/Human rights
393 
Defence/Peace/Security
277 
Education
251 
Technology/Innovation
228 
Gender
170 
Health
169 
Private sector development
142 
Media/Culture/Sport
123 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 121
Food/Agriculture
 94
Children focus
 6
Children
 5
N/A
 1
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
232 
Social policy
206 
Governance/Transparency
184 
Law/Justice/Human rights
184 
Trade/Economics/Finance
145 
Education
131 
Gender
104 
Food/Agriculture
95 
International affairs/Development
77 
Defence/Peace/Security
65 
Health
64 
Technology/Innovation
58 
Private sector development
54 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 29
Children focus
 19
Media/Culture/Sport
 18
North Africa
Trade/Economics/Finance
17 
Governance/Transparency
14 
Defence/Peace/Security
14 
Social policy
13 
International affairs/Development
13 
Law/Justice/Human rights
10 
Private sector development
10 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
Health
Gender
Food/Agriculture
Education
Technology/Innovation
Children focus
 3
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 2
Media/Culture/Sport
 2
Northern America
Trade/Economics/Finance
220 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
218 
Social policy
196 
Governance/Transparency
189 
Law/Justice/Human rights
188 
International affairs/Development
186 
Health
148 
Defence/Peace/Security
145 
Education
136 
Technology/Innovation
94 
Food/Agriculture
78 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
63 
Gender
 44
Private sector development
 39
Media/Culture/Sport
 38
Children focus
 3
Oceania
Social policy
47 
Trade/Economics/Finance
34 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
33 
Education
23 
International affairs/Development
23 
Governance/Transparency
21 
Law/Justice/Human rights
19 
Health
18 
Defence/Peace/Security
18 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
14 
Technology/Innovation
10 
Food/Agriculture
 9
Gender
 9
Media/Culture/Sport
 8
Private sector development
 6
Sub- Saharan Africa
Governance/Transparency
98 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
95 
Trade/Economics/Finance
85 
Food/Agriculture
81 
Social policy
77 
Education
67 
Gender
64 
Health
56 
International affairs/Development
51 
Technology/Innovation
45 
Law/Justice/Human rights
44 
Defence/Peace/Security
38 
Private sector development
33 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
23 
Children focus
 14
Media/Culture/Sport
 13
Children
 1