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LSE IDEAS ranked among world's most influential think tanks

LSE IDEAS is one of the top 50 think tanks in the world according to the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program’s 2012 league tables.

IDEAS, the centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy at LSE, is ranked 45th in the world in the latest league table. It is also ranked in the top three university think tanks in the field of International Affairs, after the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and the Center for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po.

The think tank rankings are published in the annual report of the Think Tank and Civic Society Program of the University of Pennsylvania. Over 6,600 think tanks were invited to participate in the process and nearly 2,000 individuals from 120 countries participated in the nominations and rankings.

They were assessed against many criteria, including the publication of the organisation’s work by peer reviewed journals, books and other authoritative publications, its ability to retain elite scholars and analysts, academic reputation and its reputation with policymakers. The table also takes into consideration the organisation’s ability to produce new knowledge or alternative ideas on policy and its ability to bridge the gap between the academic and policymaking communities and between policymakers and the public.

Professor Arne Westad, Director of IDEAS, said: “These rankings are recognition of the hard work everyone involved with IDEAS has put in over the past few years. We’re continually seeking to challenge the conventional wisdom and to engage the diplomatic and foreign policy community with the very best forward looking, policy-oriented research. There’s much more we want to achieve, and we’ll be striving to do even better next year!”

The Think Tank and Civic Society Program announced the rankings at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Full details of the report.


30 January 2013