Well now. We have been accepted to this well-known French institute of political sciences, and for some of us,aiming to somehow determine environmental politics one day. So far, so good.
We were also taught that political decisions should always be based on good scientific knowledge. This comes from think tanks, for example.
But have you also been wondering about how to know if those think tanks make good work? How to find out which ones have the best reputation? Who fares better than the others?
If so – you can relax now. Because there is an answer to your question: the Penn’s Annual World Think Tank Rankings.
Every year since 2006, the University of Pennsylvania ranks more than 6500 institutions worldwide that bridge the gap between knowledge and public policy. The report is based on an international survey of more than 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers and journalists. More than 180 countries were invited to participate in the process. The think tanks are ranked in two different categories: by region and by area of research. The latter gives us, inter alia, the top 70 Environmental Think Tanks. Pheeeww. Thank God, we found it!
In 2012, the US-based World Resources Institute was ranked Top Environment Think Tank of the World. The first five were actually US institutes; Europe holds its ground at rank six with the Swedish Stockholm Environment Institute.
You can find the full report here: http://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/7/
– Hannah Moersberger