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Centre for International Security Studies climbs global rankings

6 February 2020
Ranked #32 in the world

The Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) has again climbed in global rankings to reach second in Australia and 32nd in the world for best university-affiliated think tank.

The 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, catalogues and evaluates the policy and civil society impact of over 8000 think tanks around the world.

For the third year running, CISS’s position in the category of ‘Best University Affiliated Think Tanks’ has risen, reflecting the quality and cutting-edge nature of the research being produced within the Centre.

“The fact that CISS has not only maintained but increased its position amongst the world’s most prestigious university think tanks is a credit to our academic and professional staff who continue to produce and support innovative, policy-relevant research year after year,” CISS Director James Der Derian said.

CISS continues to punch well above its weight in terms of its production of critical research on non-traditional security issues.
Professor James Der Derian

“In 2020, with renewed funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to continue research on Project Q: Peace and Security in Quantum Age and the coming launch of a new Ecosecurity research area, CISS continues to punch well above its weight in terms of its production of critical research on non-traditional security issues.”

The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report combines survey analysis from more than 3,950 university faculty and administrators, journalists, policymakers, think tank scholars and executives and donors, with expert input from more 900 Regional, Functional and Special Areas of Distinction Panels.

The Index places emphasis on leadership; quality and reputation of staff, research and publications; impact on policy actors; ability to bridge the gap between academics and policymakers; use of electronic, print and new media to reach key audiences; and effective fulfilment of the terms of gifts, grants and other financial support.

CISS was established in 2006 through a gift from Sir Michael Hintze, and addresses pressing issues related to biosecurity, ecosecurity, gender security, geosecurity, infosecurity and regional security.

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