|founded in the year||2008|
|address||7-9 North St David Street, Edinburgh EH2 1AW|
|Networks||Stockholm Network, Think Tank|
|Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties).||Austerity politics|
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Organizational Structure and Funding
7-9 North St David Street, Edinburgh EH2 1AW
People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.
- Alison Payne, abcd
- Geoff Mawdsley, abcd
People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)
- Donald MacKay, member advisory board
- Petra Biberbach, member advisory board
- Graeme Blackett, member advisory board
- Derek Brownlee, member advisory board
- Ben Thomson, chairman advisory board
- David Milne, member advisory board
- Keir Bloomer, member advisory board
- Alex Hammond-Chambers, member advisory board
- Alan McFarlane, member advisory board
People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).
- Isobel D'Inverno, member board of trustees
- Ben Thomson, chair board of trustees
- Alan McFarlane, member board of trustees
- Alex Hammond-Chambers, member board of trustees
We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.
- Institutional Reform/Public Services
- Health and Consumer Policy
- Regional policy
- Economic and Monetary Affairs
What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.