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founded in the year 2005
City Malmö
Country Sweden
address Adelgatan 6, 201 25, Malmö
founder Nima Sanandaji, Christofer Pihl, Anders Nyman
number of employees 10
Networks Stockholm Network, New Direction Foundation, 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). Climate Change Skeptics, Austerity politics
Last revision 17.06.2015
Output of Captus 2023
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Books, Peer reviewed pubs., Studies, Articles, Policy papers, Op-eds, Newspaper articles, Blogs, Periodicals, Podcasts (audio), Podcasts (video), Conferences, Seminars/workshops, Lecturers/talks, Briefings, Others, </pbars>

Presence of Think Tank affiliates in the various fieldsWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows in which fields the affiliates are present. Every presence is counted once.
People n = 18
Presences n = 227
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Think Tank,68 Business,22 Media,67 Politics,27 Academia,22 NGO,21 </pPie>

Kind of activities of Think Tank affiliatesWe try to capture where people affiliated with a Think Tank - affiliates are employees, members of the advisory and supervisory board etc. - are present: if they write in the media, teach in universities or work for another Think Tank. The chart down below shows which kind of activities the affiliates conduct. Every presence is counted once.
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Author,105 Leader (CEO etc.),35 Consultant,13 Editor,9 Interviewee,7 Member,7 Participant,11 Lecturer,21 Employee,19 </pPie>

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Organizational Structure and Funding


Adelgatan 6, 201 25, Malmö


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.

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Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)

Since Captus has had over a hundred different contributors to their journal, Captus tidning, the only ones listed here are editors and other staff members with specific assignments.

Detailed funding activities

If possible we also list more detailed funding activities of Think Tanks. This includes funds they emit as well as funds they receive.

Received funds

Working mode, goals

The Institute organizes seminars and does a lot of public relations by publishing and making its presence felt on events. From 2005 until May 2010 Captus' employees placed more than 750 articles in press. Additionally, the Think Tank edited the liberal conservative weekly newspaper "Captus Tidning", which was closed down in 2008[1]. According to their own website they published more than 600 articles since 2005. Today, their activity seems to have ceased.

In their annual account of 2011, Captus had zero employees, and no turnover. In mid 2012, CEO and co-founder Nima Sanandaji left his mandate in the organization.

Cooperations with Think Tanks

Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Captus

While the section above shows Think Tanks the Captus claims to cooperate with, the list below shows Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Captus.

Cooperations with Non-Think Tanks


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.

  • Owners' rights
  • Integration policy
  • Economic policy
  • Enterprise and Industry

Semantic Fields

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.

  • in opposition to prevailing climate protection policy[4][5] Keyfigures: Nima Sanandaji


  2. Nima Sanandaji (CEO of Captus until Summer 2012) with Fred Goldberg: The Global Warming Scam - (2006)
  3. Skatter och samhällsekonomi
  4. argument against the ideological /political use and exploitation of climate science: (2007)
  5. implicite recognition of acc - yet rejection of carbon taxes as counterproductive and growth impeding: (2012)