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LSE IDEAS and Public Policy Group ranked 2nd best university think tank in the world

Two LSE research groups, the foreign affairs centre LSE IDEAS and political analysts/consultants the Public Policy Group, have jointly been named the second best university think tank in the world in a global survey. 

They are ranked second only to Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the 2014 Think Tank and Civil Societies Program league tables. This is the third year that LSE IDEAS  has ranked highly in this table, and the second year that the Public Policy Group has featured. 

IDEAS logoLSE IDEAS is also ranked 7th worldwide in the category of ‘think tanks to watch’, while its 2014 report of the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, “Ending the Drug Wars” is named the 10th best policy study produced by a think tank worldwide. Professor Danny Quah, Chair of the Expert Group, said “this shows that not only is LSE producing cutting edge economic research on global social issues, but that this work is also having a profound impact on policy debate.”

Professor Michael Cox, Director of LSE IDEAS, said “We’re delighted that once again IDEAS has been recognised for its work engaging with diplomats and foreign policy practitioners. In the great LSE tradition, we’re determined to play our part in the global debate on international issues, and to bring academic expertise to bear on the political challenges of our time.” 

PPG-logo 2014Chris Gilson, Public Policy Group Blog Editor, said: "We're very happy that the ongoing work of the Public Policy Group in increasing the impact and the public understanding of social science research has been recognised once again. Our award-winning academic blog family increased its readership to over 2 million in 2014, and now covers the UK, Europe, the U.S., an internationally successful social science book review blog, the LSE Review of Books, and a blog covering the impact of the social sciences. We look to build on our successes in 2015 and beyond."

The rankings are compiled by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and are are considered the most comprehensive and most well-known think tank ratings in the world. The results are based on nominations from thousands of experts, journalists, public and private donors and policymakers from around the world.

The report’s publishers said the world’s best think tanks had developed and led a series of global initiatives that helped bridge the gap between knowledge and policy in critical areas such as international peace and security, globalisation and governance, economics, the environment, poverty and global health.

Full details of the report are available at http://gotothinktank.com/  

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For further information please contact Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, 020 7107 5025, pressoffice@lse.ac.uk    

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Notes for editors 

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world.

LSE IDEAS is an Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) Centre that acts as the School’s foreign policy think tank.

Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy. IDEAS hosts interdisciplinary research projects, produces working papers and reports, holds public and off-the-record events, and delivers cutting-edge executive training programmes for government, business and third-sector organisations.

The Public Policy Group is an independent consultancy and research organisation which provides thorough analysis and recommendations for a variety of clients; providing an interface between academia, the private, public and 'third' sector.  an independent consultancy and research organisation which provides thorough analysis and recommendations for a variety of clients; providing an interface between academia, the private, public and 'third' sector.  

26 January 2015

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