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Global statistics

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
1,541 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,405 
Governance/Transparency
1,385 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
1,294 
Law/Justice/Human rights
1,057 
International affairs/Development
1,046 
Education
800 
Defence/Peace/Security
790 
Health
579 
Technology/Innovation
554 
Gender
531 
Food/Agriculture
483 
Private sector development
424 
Media/Culture/Sport
351 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
318 
Children focus
 68
Children
 6
N/A
 1
Asia
Trade/Economics/Finance
423 
Social policy
409 
Governance/Transparency
382 
International affairs/Development
305 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
269 
Defence/Peace/Security
238 
Law/Justice/Human rights
219 
Education
190 
Media/Culture/Sport
150 
Private sector development
143 
Gender
134 
Food/Agriculture
121 
Health
118 
Technology/Innovation
118 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 68
Children focus
 23
Children
 1
Europe
Social policy
595 
Governance/Transparency
499 
Trade/Economics/Finance
485 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
443 
Law/Justice/Human rights
394 
International affairs/Development
393 
Defence/Peace/Security
274 
Education
250 
Technology/Innovation
227 
Gender
170 
Health
169 
Private sector development
142 
Media/Culture/Sport
122 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 121
Food/Agriculture
 95
Children focus
 6
Children
 5
N/A
 1
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
232 
Social policy
205 
Law/Justice/Human rights
183 
Governance/Transparency
182 
Trade/Economics/Finance
143 
Education
130 
Gender
103 
Food/Agriculture
95 
International affairs/Development
76 
Health
63 
Defence/Peace/Security
63 
Technology/Innovation
57 
Private sector development
54 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 29
Children focus
 19
Media/Culture/Sport
 18
North Africa
Trade/Economics/Finance
17 
Governance/Transparency
16 
Social policy
15 
Defence/Peace/Security
14 
International affairs/Development
13 
Law/Justice/Human rights
12 
Private sector development
10 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
Health
Education
Gender
Food/Agriculture
Technology/Innovation
Children focus
 3
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 2
Media/Culture/Sport
 2
Northern America
Trade/Economics/Finance
219 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
215 
Social policy
196 
Governance/Transparency
189 
Law/Justice/Human rights
187 
International affairs/Development
185 
Health
147 
Defence/Peace/Security
144 
Education
135 
Technology/Innovation
94 
Food/Agriculture
78 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
62 
Gender
 44
Media/Culture/Sport
 38
Private sector development
 37
Children focus
 3
Oceania
Social policy
47 
Trade/Economics/Finance
35 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
33 
International affairs/Development
23 
Education
22 
Governance/Transparency
22 
Law/Justice/Human rights
19 
Health
18 
Defence/Peace/Security
18 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
14 
Technology/Innovation
10 
Gender
 9
Food/Agriculture
 8
Media/Culture/Sport
 8
Private sector development
 7
Sub- Saharan Africa
Governance/Transparency
94 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
93 
Trade/Economics/Finance
83 
Food/Agriculture
80 
Social policy
74 
Education
65 
Gender
63 
Health
56 
International affairs/Development
50 
Technology/Innovation
44 
Law/Justice/Human rights
42 
Defence/Peace/Security
37 
Private sector development
31 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
22 
Children focus
 14
Media/Culture/Sport
 13