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Diane Stone

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Professor of Politics and International Studies

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With Les Pal and Osmany Porto D'Oliveira, Diane co-edited a special edition of Policy and Society, and open access Introductory Paper, 'Transnational Policy Transfer: The Circulations of Ideas, Power and Development Models', 2020.

Diane published an Open Access book with Cambridge University Press, Making Global Policy, 2019.

Diane co-edited with Kim Moloney an Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration (OUP 2019).

Diane published a paper on International Crisis Group: Stone, D. (2019). Transnational policy entrepreneurs and the cultivation of influence: individuals, organizations and their networks. Globalizations, 1-17.

Diane co-authored with Tim Legrand 'Science Diplomacy and Transnational Governance Impact', in British Politics.

Diane co-authored with Elena Douglas 'Advance Diaspora Diplomacy in a Networked World', in the International Journal of Cultural Policy.

Diane co-edited with Agnes Batory and Andrew Cartwright a new book: Policy Experiments, Failure and Innovations: Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe (Edward Elgar 2018).

Diane wrote and Op-Ed -- Public Administration Privatised, The Policy Space, 17th April 2018.

Diane wrote an Op-Ed -- Is the EU Policy Project Failing? -- for the Policy Space

Diane wrote an Op-Ed for The Conversation on the War of Ideas at Central European University and Illiberal Democracy in Hungary. Read it Here

On the LSE's Evidence Blog, Diane co-authored with Hartwig Pautz and Marcos Gonzalez Hernando a blog Think tanks can transform into the standard-setters and arbiters of quality of 21st century policy analysis

Diane was elected as a fellow to the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in November 2012. Read more here


Diane Stone is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in PAIS. She was employed by the University of Warwick to teach in PAIS in the fields of international relations and IPE as well as public policy from January 1996 until October 2019.

From the 2020 academic year, Professor Stone was appointed as a Chair of Transnational Governance in the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Italy.

Prior to EUI she was Dean of the School of Public Policy at Central European University overseeing the relocation of the School from Budapest to its new home in Vienna. Before moving to Hungary for the CEU position she was working part-time with the European Commission's Horizon 2020 ELCSID consortium running from 2016-19 head-quartered at VUB -- Vrije University Brussels.

From December 2010 to mid 2019 she worked in Australia. In addition to her post in PAIS she held a post as a Centenary Professor in the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra.

From 2004-08, she was appointed the Foundation Professor of Public Policy and a European Commission Marie Curie Chair at the Central European University in Budapest where she subsequently retained visiting positions including co-chairing the committee that lead to the establishment of the School of Public Policy.

In 2012 she was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. At the University of Canberra, she was an 'Ambassador' for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

She has taught at the Australian National University where she gained her Masters (1989) and PhD (1994) degrees in Political Science and International Relations, at the University of Western Australia (2010-13), and at Manchester Metropolitan University (1993-95).

During 1999, she worked in the World Bank Institute in Washington DC. to launch the Global Development Network, subsequently becoming a Board Member in the period GDN transformed into an inter-governmental organisation.

Other positions have included:

  • Vice President, International Public Policy Association, 2014 – continuing.

  • Consulting Editor, Policy and Politics, 2016 – 2020.

  • Board member, Think Tank Fund, Network of the Open Society Foundations, March 2012 – December 2015.

  • Member of Council, Overseas Development Institute, 2001– 2012.

  • Steering Committee member, Researchers Alliance for Development (RAD based at the Paris office of the World Bank) 2004 – 2010.
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Policy Studies Organization, Washington DC. 2005 – 2011
  • Member, Governing Body, Global Development Network, 2000 – 04.
  • Co-Editor, Global Governance: A Journal of Multilateralism and International Organization 2005 – 08.

At CEU she designed and convened a European consortium for a dual MA degree in public policy for which she secured Erasmus Mundus scholarship funding from the European Commission.

At the University of Warwick, she designed the MA Public Policy in PAIS launched in September 2011.

From 2005-2010 she was convenor of the post/doctoral workshops on the World Bank and other international organisations organised in conjunction with the World Bank and on one occasion with the World Trade Organisation. These events often coincided with the World Bank's Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics.

Research interests

Her main research interests focus on: conceptual frameworks of global public policy and transnational administration; the World Bank and development; new modalities of diplomacy; think tanks; knowledge networks and transnational expertise; international philanthropic foundations: and the internationalisation of higher education institutions. Diane welcomes PhD applicants working in these areas.

From March 2016 to February 2019 she was a work package leader in the Horizon 2020 consortium known as EL-CSID - European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy.