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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
1,414 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,238 
Governance/Transparency
1,214 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
1,181 
Law/Justice/Human rights
952 
International affairs/Development
870 
Education
664 
Defence/Peace/Security
653 
Health
497 
Technology/Innovation
434 
Food/Agriculture
420 
Gender
418 
Private sector development
384 
Media/Culture/Sport
306 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 225
Children focus
 91
Asia
Social policy
376 
Trade/Economics/Finance
360 
Governance/Transparency
336 
International affairs/Development
251 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
228 
Defence/Peace/Security
195 
Law/Justice/Human rights
192 
Education
155 
Media/Culture/Sport
134 
Private sector development
130 
Food/Agriculture
101 
Gender
100 
Health
93 
Technology/Innovation
91 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 40
Children focus
 33
Europe
Social policy
571 
Governance/Transparency
472 
Trade/Economics/Finance
456 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
415 
Law/Justice/Human rights
384 
International affairs/Development
342 
Defence/Peace/Security
231 
Education
217 
Technology/Innovation
200 
Health
149 
Gender
144 
Private sector development
133 
Media/Culture/Sport
118 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 104
Food/Agriculture
 88
Children focus
 7
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
238 
Social policy
197 
Law/Justice/Human rights
181 
Governance/Transparency
168 
Trade/Economics/Finance
141 
Education
120 
Food/Agriculture
89 
Gender
88 
Health
67 
Defence/Peace/Security
65 
International affairs/Development
63 
Private sector development
 46
Technology/Innovation
 42
Children focus
 28
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 20
Media/Culture/Sport
 15
North Africa
Social policy
11 
Trade/Economics/Finance
11 
Governance/Transparency
Private sector development
Defence/Peace/Security
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
Law/Justice/Human rights
International affairs/Development
Health
Food/Agriculture
Education
Gender
Children focus
Technology/Innovation
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 2
Media/Culture/Sport
 1
Northern America
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
193 
Trade/Economics/Finance
181 
International affairs/Development
156 
Social policy
149 
Law/Justice/Human rights
147 
Governance/Transparency
139 
Health
117 
Defence/Peace/Security
114 
Education
106 
Food/Agriculture
65 
Technology/Innovation
62 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 39
Private sector development
 34
Gender
 29
Media/Culture/Sport
 22
Oceania
Social policy
46 
Trade/Economics/Finance
28 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
27 
Governance/Transparency
19 
Law/Justice/Human rights
17 
Health
16 
International affairs/Development
15 
Education
15 
Defence/Peace/Security
14 
Gender
 9
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 9
Food/Agriculture
 8
Media/Culture/Sport
 8
Private sector development
 7
Technology/Innovation
 4
Sub- Saharan Africa
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
73 
Governance/Transparency
71 
Food/Agriculture
64 
Social policy
64 
Trade/Economics/Finance
61 
Health
50 
Education
47 
Gender
45 
International affairs/Development
36 
Technology/Innovation
32 
Defence/Peace/Security
26 
Private sector development
25 
Law/Justice/Human rights
24 
Children focus
20 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 11
Media/Culture/Sport
 8