Itinera Institute

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Itinera Institute
founded in the year 2006
City Brussels
Country Belgium
address Boulevard Leopold II Laan 184d, 1080 Brussels
founder Marc De Vos
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
Last revision 20.05.2015

The following coordinate was not recognized: 50.861383; 4.335865.The following coordinate was not recognized: 50.861383; 4.335865. The institute asserts as its mission to make »recommendations for structural policy reforms, with a focus on sustainable economic growth and social protection.« And »We contribute to the political debate by pro-actively investigating issues that are or will be topical. These studies culminate in reports you can find on our website, public debates, events and activities.« [1]

Organizational Structure and Funding


Boulevard Leopold II Laan 184d, 1080 Brussels


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.

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)


Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.


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.

  • Economic Policy
  • Taxation
  • home affairs
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Education
  • Health and Consumer Policy
  • Pensions

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.

  • Tax Reduction (Austerity Politics): Deplores the internationally compared high taxation rate in Belgium.[2]