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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. Her work on policy transfer and policy translation also attracts considerable scholarly attention, most recently a special edition in the journal Policy and Society. 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'.

During 2019 she published two volumes. One was Making Global Policy, Open Access with Cambridge University Press. The other was The Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration co-edited with Kim Moloney.

Some of the network themes are also dealt with in an earlier 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 was a member of the Horizon 2020 consortium 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:

• ‘Higher Education Diplomacy’ workshop paper in planning.

• ‘Global Governance in the Back Office: The World Bank’s Financial Intermediation Funds’.