Diane Stone is Marie Curie Chair in the Center for Policy Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. She is also Head of the CEU's Master's programme in Public Policy (www.ceu.hu/mpp). Professor Stone is on leave of absence from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She teaches in the area of comparative public policy, globalisation and governance. She has also taught at the Australian National University (where she gained her Masters (1989) and PhD. (1993) degrees in Political Science and International Relations), Murdoch University in Western Australia (BA, 1987) and Manchester Metropolitan University.
During 1999 she worked in the World Bank Institute in Washington DC. She was also central to the creation of the Global Development Network (www.gdnet.org) and was a member of its Governing Body for three years until January 2005. In addition, she is a member of the Governing Council of the Overseas Development Institute - a London based think tank.
Current research addresses global networks and global governance. Specific interests include the influence of ideas and expertise on policy, the political economy of higher education; the role of non-state actors in domestic, regional and global affairs; conceptual developments in the study of policy networks; and the political process of lesson-drawing and policy transfer. Past research has focussed on think tanks and policy advice. Her first book is Capturing the Political Imagination: Think Tanks and the Policy Process (London: Frank Cass, 1996). A co-edited book with Manchester University Press, Think Tanks Across Nations: A Comparative Approach appeared in 1998. An edited volume Banking on Knowledge: The Genesis of the Global Development Network was published in December 2000 by Routledge. A further edited volume with Manchester University Press, Think Tank Traditions: Policy Research and the Politics of Ideas, was published in early 2004. Global Knowledge Networks and International Development: Bridges Across Boundaries co-edited book with Simon Maxwell also appears in 2004.
Recent refereed articles on networks, policy transfer and governance are to be found in the Journal of European Public Policy, Global Governance (forthcoming 2003), Global Networks (2002) Global Social Policy (2001) Global Society (2000) Governance (2000), Politics (1999), Policy and Politics (1998), The Australian Journal of International Affairs (1996), West European Politics (1996) and Higher Education (1990). She has been a guest editor of Global Networks (2002).
Professor Stone has been the recipient of a number of awards and distinctions. She is a fellow of the Salzburg Seminar. February to May 2000 she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship in Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. In the latter half of 1999, she was a Visiting Fellow of the World Bank Institute. From 1994 to 1998 she was recipient of a four year Economic and Social Research Council Fellowship. In 1991, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship by the American Australian Educational Foundation and was based in the Graduate Program in Public Policy at Georgetown University in Washington DC as a Visiting Scholar.