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Rice’s Baker Institute and its Center for Energy Studies continue to be highly ranked in global think tank survey
News Release
Thursday, January 31, 2019

HOUSTON – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is ranked No. 3 among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world and its Center for Energy Studies is the No. 1 energy- and resource-based think tank, maintaining their high rankings from the previous year, according to the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published this week.

The Baker Institute is ranked No. 17 out of 89 of the top think tanks in the U.S. overall and is listed among the best think tanks in the category “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedures.”

“These rankings recognize the quality of the Institute’s research and programs as a nonpartisan, data-driven public policy forum addressing some of the most important domestic and foreign policy issues our country faces," said Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian. "We could not have achieved what we have built over the last 25 years without the dedicated work of our fellows, scholars and staff, our board of advisors, as well as our loyal supporters.”

“Such recognition is a testament to the dedicated team of fellows and scholars we have engaged in interdisciplinary research across the energy-environment spectrum,” said Kenneth Medlock, CES senior director and the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics. “Teamwork is a hallmark of any successful organization, and we are fortunate to have some of the best in the field working together to provide unbiased analysis of the various factors that shape the energy sector.”

The other university-affiliated think tanks in the world’s top three are Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (No. 1) and the IDEAS/Public Policy Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. (No. 2).

The top-ranked Center for Energy Studies (CES) is followed by the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (No. 2), and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, U.K. (No. 3).

Founded in 1993, the Baker Institute houses fellows and scholars who conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. Core fields of study include energy, the Middle East, Mexico, health policy, public finance, private entrepreneurship and economic growth, international economics, presidential elections, science and technology, China, space policy and drug policy.

CES provides policymakers, corporate leaders and the public with quality, data-driven analysis of issues that influence energy markets. The long-standing Baker Institute Energy Forum is an integral part of CES and remains an active entity for participation in the center’s ongoing research and public policy programs.

Established in 2006, the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s Global Go To Think Tank Index has become the gold standard of excellence for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journalists and policymakers as the foremost guide to the performance of thousands of domestic and international public policy centers.

The program’s report is compiled with assistance from more than 3,750 peer institutions and experts from the media, academia, public and private donor institutions and governments in the U.S. and around the globe.


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