CPR retains spot as leading India climate think tank for third year in a row

5 July 2017
CPR ranked 3rd in the Rest of the World category, and 15th globally

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Policy Research has been ranked highest in India, 3rd in the Rest of the World category (non-US/Europe), and 15th globally by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) in its standardized global climate think tank ranking for 2016.

CPR’s ranking is based on the output of the 19 researchers at CPR working only on environment and climate related areas under the Environmental Law and Governance focus area, which includes the Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment, among our total staff of about 100. In the absolute ranking, which is not adjusted for size of the environment/climate-related team, we are the second highest rated Indian think tank, and in the top 50 (33rd) globally.

The ICCG produces a ‘standardized’ ranking of climate think tanks every year, adjusted for the number of researchers. They also produce an ‘absolute’ ranking, which ranks think tanks independent of size. In both rankings, ICCG uses 15 indicators organized around three categories: Activities, Publications and Dissemination. For the full rankings, see ICCG ranking.

We are pleased to receive this high ranking, which recognizes the quality of the work done by our relatively small team. At the same time, we recognize any such ranking effort necessarily has to simplify a complex research and policy landscape to arrive at quantitative scores. This involves methodological issues, such as how to draw boundaries around environment/climate work, and substantive issues, such as providing equal emphasis to both national and international work, and mitigation and adaptation. The challenges of developing a ranking system that accounts for all these complexities should be kept in mind when reading ranking results.

We wish to acknowledge and thank our funders, partners at think tanks and academic institutions, and interlocutors in government, private sector and civil society who have enriched our work.

A full range of our work can be accessed here.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.