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Diane Stone

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Professor of Politics and International Studies

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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

Diane co-authored a paper with Elena Douglas on ‘The Informal Diplomacy of the Australian-American Leadership American Dialogue’ in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2015.

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

Diane wrote an op-ed piece entitled 'Cluttered view from summit' for the 22 November 2011 issue of the Australian Financial Review. Read it here.


Diane Stone is a Professor in PAIS where she has been based since January 1996. From December 2010 she has split her time in Australia and is currently a Centenary Professor in the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra.

From 2004-08, she was appointed Foundation Professor and Marie Curie Chair of Public Policy 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 elelcted as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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. Other positions have included:

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

  • 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 (formerly Chair), Researchers Alliance for Development (RAD) 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. Likewise 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; the World Bank and development; new modalities of diplomacy; think tanks; global knowledge networks and transnational science; philanthropic foundations and global policy partnerships.

As a doctoral supervisor, Diane welcomes PhD applicants working in these areas.


Books and Special Journal Editions since 2011

Knowledge Actors and Transnational Governance: The Public-Private Policy Nexus in the Global Agora (Palgrave MacMillan) 2013

Global Policy and Transnational Administration, co-edited with Stella Ladi, Public Administration, in press, 2015.

Asia’s Leadership Deficit? special edition guest edited with Mark Beeson of The Pacific Review, 27(4), 2014.

Peer Reviewed Articles since 2011

‘Understanding the transfer of policy failure: bricolage, experimentalism and translation. Policy & Politics, Politics and Policy, forthcoming 2017.

With Stella Ladi, ‘Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration’, Public Administration. 93 (4): 839–855. December 2015

The Group of 20 Transnational Policy Community: Governance Networks, Policy Analysis and Think Tanks, International Review of Administrative Sciences, 81(4): 793-811 December 2015.

‘The Informal Diplomacy of the Australian-American Leadership American Dialogue’ (with Elena Douglas, University of Western Australia), Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69 (1), 2015: 18-34.

With Mark Beeson, ‘Patterns of Leadership Patterns in the Asia Pacific: A Symposium’, The Pacific Review, 27(4) 2014: 505-522.

''Shades of Grey': The World Bank, Knowledge Networks and the Linked Ecologies of Academic Engagement', Global Networks, 13(2) 2013: 241–260.

with Mark Beeson, ‘The European Union Regional Model Influence in Asia after the Global Financial Crisis’, European Journal of East Asian Studies,12(2) 2013: 167-90.

with Mark Beeson, ‘The Changing Fortunes of a Policy Entrepreneur: the Case of Ross Garnaut’, Australian Journal of Political Science, (48) 1, 2013: 1-14.

‘Transfer and Translation of Policy’, Policy Studies, 33(4) 2012: 1-17.

‘Global Policy and the Public Action of Private Philanthropy: the Open Society Institute’, in Jude Howell (Ed.) The Global Dimensions of Non Governmental Public Action, Palgrave, 2012.

‘Governance via Knowledge: Actors, Institutions and Networks’, in David Levi-Faur (ed) OUP Handbook of Governance , Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.

‘International Knowledge Networks’, in German Solinís and Georgios Papanagnou (Eds), Social Science, Evidence and Policy, Paris UNESCO, 2011.