Apr 21, 2021 • 51M

Policy People Podcast: Think Tanking Under Lockdown with Adriana Abdenur

How are tanks coping with COVID? Can they work in lockdown? How important are tank networks? Why are there few women leading tanks? How do tanks in the developing world get funded? All these and more.

Open in playerListen on);
Get an edge with actionable insights from policy thought leaders each week. Liam, a media entrepreneur and policy analyst, helps you track the trends, connect the dots and see the bigger picture - empowering you to make your impact felt on our world.
Episode details

Welcome to the Policy People Podcast. In this conversation I learn about the process of starting a digital think tank when in lockdown with Adriana Abdenur. We discuss her personal encounter with COVID, the drama of setting up a tank virtually, the benefits of remote hiring, the importance of institutional networks for new tanks, how tank funding is secured in the global South , the causes behind the lack of female leadership in tanks, the plight of NGOs in Bolsonaro’s Brazil, how climate change is reconfiguring security policy, and many more topics.   

You can listen to the episode right away in the audio player embedded above, or right below it you can click “Listen in podcast app” — which will connect you to the show’s feed. Alternatively, you can click the icons below to listen to it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. 

If you enjoy this conversation and would like to help the show, consider sharing this episode with a friend. Getting the word out about the show really helps us to grow and keep new episodes coming your way.


Adriana Abdenur is Co-Founder of Plataforma CIPO, a Brazil-based, women-led think tank focusing on the intersection of climate, peace-building and conflict policy. Before starting her own tank, Adriana worked at other tanks in Brazil, where she headed climate and safety projects as well as peace-building operations in Latin America and elsewhere in the Global South. She is now also a Senior Fellow at the UN’s University Center for Policy Research, where she works on climate governance and innovation. In addition to her professional commitments, Adriana is also a proud mother of two. You can reach Adriana on LinkedInand on Twitter. Her Twitter handle is @aabdenur.