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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
1,447 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,281 
Governance/Transparency
1,269 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
1,208 
Law/Justice/Human rights
988 
International affairs/Development
913 
Defence/Peace/Security
694 
Education
685 
Health
523 
Technology/Innovation
457 
Food/Agriculture
437 
Gender
431 
Private sector development
384 
Media/Culture/Sport
311 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 236
Children focus
 91
public opinion
 1
Asia
Social policy
376 
Trade/Economics/Finance
371 
Governance/Transparency
345 
International affairs/Development
262 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
231 
Defence/Peace/Security
203 
Law/Justice/Human rights
196 
Education
155 
Media/Culture/Sport
132 
Private sector development
129 
Food/Agriculture
102 
Gender
102 
Health
97 
Technology/Innovation
89 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 42
Children focus
 33
Europe
Social policy
573 
Governance/Transparency
475 
Trade/Economics/Finance
459 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
418 
Law/Justice/Human rights
383 
International affairs/Development
349 
Defence/Peace/Security
239 
Education
221 
Technology/Innovation
205 
Health
153 
Gender
146 
Private sector development
132 
Media/Culture/Sport
118 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 104
Food/Agriculture
 88
Children focus
 8
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
239 
Social policy
203 
Law/Justice/Human rights
181 
Governance/Transparency
172 
Trade/Economics/Finance
141 
Education
121 
Food/Agriculture
89 
Gender
88 
Health
66 
Defence/Peace/Security
65 
International affairs/Development
63 
Private sector development
 46
Technology/Innovation
 42
Children focus
 26
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 22
Media/Culture/Sport
 15
public opinion
 1
North Africa
Social policy
11 
Trade/Economics/Finance
11 
Governance/Transparency
10 
Defence/Peace/Security
International affairs/Development
Private sector development
Law/Justice/Human rights
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
Health
Food/Agriculture
Education
Children focus
Gender
Technology/Innovation
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 2
Media/Culture/Sport
 1
Northern America
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
202 
Trade/Economics/Finance
196 
Law/Justice/Human rights
174 
International affairs/Development
173 
Social policy
169 
Governance/Transparency
165 
Health
132 
Defence/Peace/Security
131 
Education
119 
Technology/Innovation
80 
Food/Agriculture
71 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
44 
Private sector development
 35
Gender
 33
Media/Culture/Sport
 28
Oceania
Social policy
48 
Trade/Economics/Finance
29 
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
28 
Governance/Transparency
20 
Health
17 
Law/Justice/Human rights
17 
International affairs/Development
17 
Education
16 
Defence/Peace/Security
14 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
10 
Food/Agriculture
 9
Media/Culture/Sport
 9
Gender
 9
Private sector development
 8
Technology/Innovation
 5
Children focus
 1
Sub- Saharan Africa
Environment/Natural resources/Energy
83 
Governance/Transparency
82 
Trade/Economics/Finance
74 
Food/Agriculture
73 
Social policy
67 
Health
52 
Gender
50 
Education
49 
International affairs/Development
40 
Technology/Innovation
33 
Defence/Peace/Security
33 
Law/Justice/Human rights
29 
Private sector development
25 
Children focus
20 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 12
Media/Culture/Sport
 8