A recently published survey on global think tanks has ranked IDS as the best university affiliated think tank in the UK and the third best globally. This ranks us above influential institutions such as LSE's IDEAS/Public Policy Group and Kings College's Centre for Defence Studies.
The 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report, published by the International Relations Programme at the University of Pennsylvania, and in its sixth year, was launched at the World Bank headquarters earlier this month.
The report's authors called for nominations across thirty eight different categories and received 57,000 nominations. A total of 1,647 think tanks were nominated. Expert panels were then used to verify the results. 1,100 individuals from 120 countries participated in the nominations and ranking process.
The definition of think tank used was extremely broad: "Think tanks are public policy research analysis and engagement organisations that generate policy orientated research, analysis and advice on domestic and international issues, which enable policy makers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy issues."
IDS was also ranked 13th in the top fifty development think tanks globally.
Lawrence Haddad, IDS Director said: "I am delighted that we have come out on top in this survey. IDS occupies a unique space between think tank and university and I think this result reflects widespread perceptions that we are one of the world's leading policy engaged academic institutions."