SEI maintains No. 2 ranking in 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index

Posted on 4 February 2016

For the third year in a row, SEI has been ranked as the second most influential think tank in the world in a survey by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTSCP).

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Billed as the “premier database and measure of world think tanks”, the Index aims to increase the profile, performance and impact of think tanks and to create a transnational and interdisciplinary network of centres of public policy excellence. The materials are translated into more than 20 languages. 

The annual report is compiled with assistance from more than 1,500 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions and governments around the world. It ranks the top 150 global think tanks across four general categories: Top Think Tanks in the World, Top Think Tanks by Region, Top Think Tanks by Area of Research and Top Think Tanks by Special Achievement.

“The independent Index is designed to help users of information and policy analysis identify the leading centres of excellence in public policy research around the world” says James McGann, TTCSP director.

The top-ranked think tank overall, for the eighth year in a row, is the Brookings Institution. SEI is ranked second in the Environment category after the World Resources Institute. This year’s report also includes new regional studies categories as well as assessments of policies and procedures and innovative practices.

‌“We are very pleased to continue to be listed among the world’s top think tanks,” says SEI Executive Director Johan L. Kuylenstierna. “We take our mission to bridge science and policy very seriously, and see this ranking as recognition of the quality and relevance of our work. Our Strategy 2015–2019 aims to build on our track record through new collaborations and partnerships with organizations around the world. We are also committed to developing new ideas and innovative approaches to tackle some of society’s most difficult problems.” ‌

Lisa Emberson, SEI York’s Centre Director, commented "It is great news that we have maintained our ranking as the second most influential global think tank on environmental issues. SEI York is the second largest of SEI’s Centres and our strong collaborations with our University colleagues, both in the Environment Department as well as other Centres and Departments of the University of York, will have surely helped us provide academic strength and credibility to the work of SEI that will have contributed to this excellent achievement."  ‌

 “Once again the high quality work of SEI in the field of sustainability and the environment has been recognised for the excellence it represents," says  Prof Mark Hodson, Head of the Environment Department. This underlies why we are so pleased to share our new £12.5M purpose built Environment Centre with SEI as part of the University's strategic investment in the field of Environmental Sustainability and Resilience."

TTCSP conducts research on the relationship between think tanks, politics and public policy; produces the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index; develops capacity-building resources and programs; supports a global network of almost 7,000 think tanks; and trains future think tank scholars and executives.

See the 2015 Go To Think Tank Index Report (external link to PDF)



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