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Diane Stone is best known for her research on the role of think tanks and research institutes in public policy making. More recent research interests concern inter alia, the growth of global policy partnerships; new forms of diplomacy by non-state actors; the contributions to governance by philanthropic organisation and other third sector organisations that operate across borders; and the evolution of international organisation such as the World Bank, especially in its guise as the 'knowledge bank'.

These themes are dealt with in her most recent book Knowledge Actors and Transnational Governance: The Public-Private Policy Nexus in the Global Agora (Palgrave MacMillan) 2013, which addresses the transnationalisation of knowledge elites - think tanks, consultants, foundations, academics - especially their interactions with international organisations such as via global public policy partnerships.

Diane Stone is a member of the Horizon 2020 consoprtium EL-CSID - European Leadership in Cultural Science and Innovation Diplomacy. This research programme runs from 2016 to mid 2019. Other PAIS partners include Andre Broome, Chris Browning, Frank Lisk and Annamarie Bindenagel Sehovic.

From 2005-2010, Diane Stone was the lead convenor of the post/doctoral workshops on the World Bank and other international organisations. These workshops were a show case for the research work of advanced and recently completed doctoral students and provided opportuntity for engagement with members of the international development policy community including the Chief Economist of the World Bank, other World Bank VPs and staff as well as the Chief Economist of the WTO amongst others. Organised with the support of the World Bank, these workshops were held in Budapest, Cape Town, Bled, Singapore and Washington DC.

Research Work In Progress

Diane has commenced new research and writing on global public policy, transnational administration and diplomacy:

• ‘Transnational Policy Networks and Science Diplomacy’, paper in progress.

• ‘Advance Diaspora Diplomacy in a Networked World’, paper in progress

• Governing Global Policy: What IPE Can learn from Public Policy’ forPolicy and Society as part of a special edition entitled: Governing Global Policy.

• ‘The International Policy Entrepreneur: Non-State Diplomacy and Organizational Entrepreneurship’, conference paper.

Oxford Handbook on Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration, (co-editor with Kim Moloney), Oxford University Press. 2018.

• ‘Anti-politics and global governance’, chapter commissioned for Hay, C., Flinders, M., Wood, M. and Fawcett, P. (eds) Anti-politics, De-politicisation and Governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2017.

• ‘Think Tanks and Policy Analysis in Comparative Perspective’ (co-authored with Stella Ladi) in Marleen Brans, Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett (eds.) Handbook on Comparative Policy Analysis, Routledge, 2017.

Trials and Errors: Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations in post-accession Central & Eastern Europe, book proposal in development for Edward Elgar, co-edited with Agnes Batory and Andrew Cartwright, Central European University, 2017