UNU-IHDP Ranked 9th Among European Climate Think Tanks

  • 2013•06•21     Bonn

    The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), the international secretariat of which is hosted by UNU in Bonn, was ranked ninth out of 34 European think tanks specializing in climate change economics and policy. This was under the Standardized European Ranking that takes into consideration the activity outputs of a think tank in 2012 relative to the number of researchers.

    The 2012 International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) Climate Think Tank Ranking was published on 18 June 2013. The ranking is based on an assessment of seven basic indicators that refer exclusively to climate-related activities:

    • Events
    • Authors in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports
    • Submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    • Articles in peer-reviewed journals
    • Articles in non-peer reviewed publications
    • European Union (EU) projects
    • EU consultations

    Involvement in international climate policy development is measured in terms of interactions with the IPCC and UNFCCC. This includes, for instance, Fellows at the think tanks who are authors and/or editors of IPCC reports. It also includes the number of submissions to the UNFCCC treaty bodies in 2012.

    At the European level, engagement in the policymaking process is measured in terms of participation in public consultations. To participate in such consultations, a think tank needs to be accredited and included in the Transparency Register. Accordingly, the fact that a think tank is listed in the Transparency Register is a proxy of its active engagement in shaping EU policies.

    Based on this assessment, the first place in the European category was awarded to the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). At the global level, using slightly different ranking criteria, the top climate think tank was the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs with its Environment and Natural Resources Program.

    For more information about the ranking, see “IHDP Ranked among Top 10 European Climate Think Tanks” on the UNU-IHDP website.