Policy & Global Development

ISGlobal Climbs to #8 in the University of Pennsylvania’s World Ranking of Global Health Policy Think Tanks

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health was also included in the list of the world’s most Internet-savvy think tanks

07.02.2020
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The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by ”la Caixa”, has climbed one position in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual list of the world’s top global health policy think tanks, a component of the Global Go To Think Tank Index. Now ranked #8 in the world, ISGlobal has become Europe’s second highest-ranked global health policy think tank after the UK’s Chatham House.

The current Global Go To Think Tank Index was drawn up by assessing information on 8,248 think tanks all over the world. In the recently published 2019 report, the top two global health policy think tanks are the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), both based in the United States, followed by Japan’s Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI).

Best Use of the Internet

One of the variables assessed by the Global Go To Think Tank Index is the use of the Internet. In this category, ISGlobal was ranked #56 in the world, out of more than 8,000 think tanks, for the second consecutive year. Nearly 4,000 people—including academics, journalists and policymakers—took part in the ranking process by completing the Global Go To Index Survey. The University of Pennsylvania has published a new Global Go To Think Tank Index every year since 2006.

ISGlobal’s Policy Department will hold an event in Madrid later this month to publicise the results of the University of Pennsylvania’s report. The three Spanish institutions included in the top 100 non-US think tanks—the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (#30), the Elcano Royal Institute (#38) and Fundación Alternativas (#89)—will also take part in this event.