CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (February 5, 2021): For the ninth consecutive year, MIT CEEPR has been ranked among the top ten energy policy think tanks in the world, according to the annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report” published by the University of Pennsylvania. Moving up one spot from last year’s report, MIT CEEPR was ranked sixth globally in the “Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks” category, making it the second in this category in the United States.

According to the report, the ranking is based on a nomination process and survey involving over 70,000 scholars, public and private donors, policymakers, and journalists who were asked to evaluate over 8,000 think tanks around the world based on the quality of their research and their impact on public policy. The “Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks” category identifies those think tanks that “excel in research, analysis and public engagement” and “provide superior innovative research and strategic analysis on a wide set of issues such as energy development, production, distribution, and various resource and energy issues significant to the global community.” 

“This year’s ranking recognizes the consistently high quality of our research at a time when facts and scientific insights matter more than ever” said CEEPR Executive Director Joshua Hodge. “We will build on this momentum in 2021 as we continue to address the most pressing challenges faced in energy and environmental policy. With a new administration in the U.S. and an unprecedented decarbonization dynamic at every level, the next few years will bring disruption, but also new opportunities for the energy sector. We look forward to helping understand and navigate this evolving landscape with our partners.”

The “Global Go To Think Tank Index” is maintained by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, which studies the role think tanks play in governments and civil societies around the world. Since 2007, it has published a global index of think tanks, the most comprehensive think tank ranking designed to identify and recognize centers of excellence in every region of the world and in all major areas of public policy research. The 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report was launched on January 28, 2021.



Since 1977, the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT CEEPR) has been a focal point for research on energy and environmental policy at MIT. MIT CEEPR promotes rigorous, objective research for improved decision making in government and the private sector, and secures the relevance of its work through close cooperation with industry partners from around the globe.

Drawing on the unparalleled resources available at MIT, affiliated faculty and research staff as well as international research associates contribute to the empirical study of a wide range of policy issues related to energy supply, energy demand, and the environment. From the outset, CEEPR has contributed original and balanced insights to the broader policy debate, leaving a distinct mark on energy and environmental policies both domestically and abroad.

CEEPR is jointly sponsored at MIT by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), the Department of Economics, and the Sloan School of Management. Financial support comes from a variety of sources, including state and federal government research funds, foundation grants and contributions from our corporate and government Associates.


For further information, contact:

Joshua Hodge
Executive Director


Michael Mehling
Deputy Director