Is there a word/term/phrase that specifically describes people who work in think tanks or policy institutes (doing socioeconomic research)? "Researchers" don't work for me since academics and government employees can also be researchers.
I am trying to distinguish between the different groups of people who attended a specific conference (one that broadly applied to all groups).
The attendees included academics (meaning profs, PhD candidates, etc.), students, public policy analysts (meaning government policy makers), and think tanks / policy institutes.
The parts in italics are just for the purposes of this post.
As you can see, the last element is an odd one - it is basically referring to policy researchers in the private sector. But it doesn't fit. The first three elements are people but the last one is a body/organization?