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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
1,507 
Trade/Economics/Finance
1,368 
Governance/Transparency
1,355 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
1,248 
Law/Justice/Human rights
1,025 
International affairs/Development
999 
Defence/Peace/Security
759 
Education
756 
Health
563 
Technology/Innovation
503 
Gender
487 
Food/Agriculture
471 
Private sector development
403 
Media/Culture/Sport
350 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 286
Children focus
 82
Asia
Trade/Economics/Finance
405 
Social policy
394 
Governance/Transparency
371 
International affairs/Development
284 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
250 
Defence/Peace/Security
229 
Law/Justice/Human rights
205 
Education
178 
Media/Culture/Sport
145 
Private sector development
135 
Gender
123 
Food/Agriculture
119 
Health
114 
Technology/Innovation
101 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 57
Children focus
 28
Europe
Social policy
584 
Governance/Transparency
491 
Trade/Economics/Finance
469 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
425 
Law/Justice/Human rights
389 
International affairs/Development
374 
Defence/Peace/Security
256 
Education
238 
Technology/Innovation
213 
Health
161 
Gender
157 
Private sector development
129 
Media/Culture/Sport
127 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 116
Food/Agriculture
 91
Children focus
 9
Latin America and the Caribbean
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
232 
Social policy
203 
Governance/Transparency
179 
Law/Justice/Human rights
178 
Trade/Economics/Finance
147 
Education
125 
Gender
94 
Food/Agriculture
89 
International affairs/Development
69 
Defence/Peace/Security
63 
Health
62 
Private sector development
53 
Technology/Innovation
48 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 25
Children focus
 21
Media/Culture/Sport
 19
North Africa
Trade/Economics/Finance
16 
Governance/Transparency
15 
Social policy
14 
Defence/Peace/Security
13 
Law/Justice/Human rights
12 
International affairs/Development
12 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
Private sector development
Health
Education
Food/Agriculture
Gender
Technology/Innovation
Children focus
 3
Media/Culture/Sport
 2
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 1
Northern America
Trade/Economics/Finance
215 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
214 
Social policy
193 
Governance/Transparency
186 
Law/Justice/Human rights
186 
International affairs/Development
183 
Health
146 
Defence/Peace/Security
143 
Education
132 
Technology/Innovation
89 
Food/Agriculture
77 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
58 
Gender
 43
Private sector development
 39
Media/Culture/Sport
 36
Children focus
 3
Oceania
Social policy
47 
Trade/Economics/Finance
34 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
31 
International affairs/Development
23 
Education
20 
Governance/Transparency
20 
Health
17 
Defence/Peace/Security
17 
Law/Justice/Human rights
16 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
11 
Food/Agriculture
10 
Media/Culture/Sport
 9
Gender
 9
Technology/Innovation
 8
Private sector development
 8
Children focus
 1
Sub- Saharan Africa
Governance/Transparency
89 
Environment/Natural resources/ Energy
87 
Trade/Economics/Finance
80 
Food/Agriculture
78 
Social policy
69 
Health
56 
Education
56 
Gender
54 
International affairs/Development
51 
Technology/Innovation
38 
Defence/Peace/Security
38 
Law/Justice/Human rights
38 
Private sector development
29 
Transport/Infrastructure/Urban
 18
Children focus
 16
Media/Culture/Sport
 12