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Royal Holloway climbs to 9th place in list of world-leading think tanks

Posted on 07/02/2014

A new survey reveals the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway University continues to be a world-leading science and technology think tank and has improved on its 10th place position in last year’s index.

The ICT4D Centre researches ways to help international development and support the needs of marginalised communities through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) and is the first UK institution to be featured in the top ten of The Global Go To Think Tank Index, which is made up of recommendations from a number of global experts and institutions.

ICT4D brings together expertise from the Departments and Schools of Geography, Computer Science, Management, ISG and Politics &International Relations and is also a strand within the MSc Practising Sustainable Development course offered by the Department of Geography.

Professor Tim Unwin, Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway’s Department of Geography and UNESCO Chair at the ICT4D Centre said: “I am absolutely delighted to see that the ICT4D group at Royal Holloway has not only remained among the top 10 science and technology think tanks in the world, but has even gone up a place in this influential peer-reviewed Global Go To Think Tank Index.”

He added: “It is deeply humbling to receive this support from colleagues and practitioners across the world, and the achievement reflects the hard work and enthusiasm of all those at Royal Holloway and beyond who are committed to undertaking the highest possible quality of research in the interests of the poorest and most-marginalised.”

The Global Go To Think Tank Index is an international survey of scholars, policy makers and journalists which aims to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy, as well as emphasise the importance of the work of think tanks to governments and civil societies around the world.

Dr Dorothea Kleine, a Senior Lecturer in Geography at Royal Holloway and Centre Director at the ICT4D Centre, said: “To see this sustained recognition from our peers worldwide is fantastic. I'd like to thank all our colleagues in and beyond the group, our students and our partners. It is them who together make our group a leading centre of excellence, intellectually cutting-edge, socially vibrant and committed to making a real difference - through our research and also by training the next generation of leaders.”


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