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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
1,261 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,147 
Governance/Transparency
1,126 
Environment/Climate change
1,024 
Law/Justice/Human rights
860 
International affairs/Development
801 
Education
601 
Defence/Peace/Security
599 
Natural resources/Energy
594 
Health
459 
Technology/Innovation
413 
Food/Agriculture
395 
Gender
368 
Private sector development
353 
Media/Culture/Sport
277 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 199
Asia
Social policy
329 
Trade/Economics/Finance
309 
Governance/Transparency
289 
International affairs/Development
215 
Environment/Climate change
175 
Defence/Peace/Security
163 
Law/Justice/Human rights
162 
Education
135 
Private sector development
115 
Media/Culture/Sport
112 
Natural resources/Energy
97 
Food/Agriculture
85 
Technology/Innovation
83 
Gender
80 
Health
79 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 33
Europe
Social policy
467 
Governance/Transparency
419 
Trade/Economics/Finance
410 
Environment/Climate change
348 
Law/Justice/Human rights
324 
International affairs/Development
307 
Defence/Peace/Security
206 
Technology/Innovation
189 
Education
177 
Natural resources/Energy
176 
Health
135 
Gender
121 
Private sector development
116 
Media/Culture/Sport
113 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 93
Food/Agriculture
 83
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Climate change
232 
Social policy
200 
Law/Justice/Human rights
185 
Governance/Transparency
185 
Natural resources/Energy
174 
Trade/Economics/Finance
149 
Education
123 
Food/Agriculture
93 
Gender
89 
Defence/Peace/Security
69 
Health
67 
International affairs/Development
66 
Private sector development
51 
Technology/Innovation
 46
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 19
Media/Culture/Sport
 16
North Africa
Governance/Transparency
Defence/Peace/Security
Trade/Economics/Finance
Social policy
Private sector development
International affairs/Development
Law/Justice/Human rights
Education
Natural resources/Energy
Environment/Climate change
Gender
Technology/Innovation
Health
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 1
Media/Culture/Sport
 1
Food/Agriculture
 1
Northern America
Environment/Climate change
183 
Trade/Economics/Finance
183 
International affairs/Development
157 
Social policy
152 
Law/Justice/Human rights
148 
Governance/Transparency
142 
Defence/Peace/Security
117 
Health
115 
Education
107 
Natural resources/Energy
97 
Food/Agriculture
65 
Technology/Innovation
63 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 37
Private sector development
 34
Gender
 27
Media/Culture/Sport
 22
Oceania
Social policy
43 
Trade/Economics/Finance
27 
Environment/Climate change
23 
Law/Justice/Human rights
17 
Governance/Transparency
17 
International affairs/Development
16 
Education
16 
Health
15 
Defence/Peace/Security
14 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
Natural resources/Energy
 8
Food/Agriculture
 8
Gender
 8
Media/Culture/Sport
 7
Private sector development
 7
Technology/Innovation
 3
Sub- Saharan Africa
Governance/Transparency
67 
Social policy
64 
Trade/Economics/Finance
62 
Environment/Climate change
61 
Food/Agriculture
60 
Health
46 
Gender
41 
Education
40 
Natural resources/Energy
39 
International affairs/Development
35 
Technology/Innovation
27 
Private sector development
24 
Defence/Peace/Security
23 
Law/Justice/Human rights
21 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 7
Media/Culture/Sport
 6