CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (February 3, 2020): For the eighth year in a row, 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 7th globally in the “Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks” category, making it the 3rd in this category in the United States.

According to the report, the ranking is based on a nomination and voting process involving a panel of 1,796 peer institutions evaluating over 8,000 think tanks around the world 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.”

“Our goal at CEEPR is to provide objective research on policy-relevant questions in the energy and environmental domain,” said CEEPR Director Professor Christopher Knittel. “It is nice to see that our peers feel we are having some success in meeting this goal. There is still lots to do and we look forward to pushing out this work and having an impact on policy in the future.”

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 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report was launched on January 30, 2020.



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
or Michael Mehling
Deputy Director