Master of Public Administration

Professor Diane StoneCentenary Professor


Address: Building 24, University of Canberra Phone: +61 (0) 2 6201 2781


Centre for Change Governance


Currently on Leave of Absence from Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Diplomacy; global governance; international organisation and global public-private partnership; transnational administration; 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; the political process of lesson-drawing and policy transfer; think tanks and policy advice.

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Diane Stone is currently on Leave of Absence from her role of Centenary Professor in the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canbera. She is also a Professor at Warwick University in the Department of Politics and International Studies (part-time) which she joined in January 1996. 

She was elected as Vice President of the International Public Policy Association in 2014, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2012.

From 2004 to 2008, she was a European Commission Marie Curie Chair and founding Professor of Public Policy at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and architect of the Erasmus Mundus dual degree consortium, MUNDUS MAPP. She has held Visiting Professor positions in the Department of Public Policy, now the School of Public Policy, or the Centre for Policy Studies, at CEU from 2009 to 2016.

Working at the World Bank Institute in Washington DC. she was a member of the Secretariat that launched in 1999 the Global Development Network subsequently becoming a member of its Governing Body for three years during its transition to an international organisation.

Until 2012, she was a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute - a London based think tank.  From 2012 through 2015 she was a Board member of the Think Tank Fund, part of the Open Societies Foundation network.

From 2005-2008 she was co-editor of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Institutions sponsored by the Academic Council of the United Nations System.  From 2016 she is Consulting Editor of Policy and Politics.  

Awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Georgetown University, several grants from the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK, plus a European Commission Marie Curie Chair.

Other distinctions include:

  • Member, International Social Science Council, Task Force 1 (Quality, Strategies, Operations of the ISSC) UNESCO, June 2005 – May 2006.
  • Member, Research Board for the Division for the Strategic Priorities of the Research Council of Norway, “Poverty Reduction and Peace”, Planning Committee, 2004—05 and Research Programme Steering Committee, 2005 continuing for five years.
  • Committee Member, Research Council of Norway, 5 Year Evaluation of Development Studies in Norwegian universities and research institutes, 2006—09.
  • Member, International Advisory Council of the Policy Studies Organisation, Washington DC., USA. From September 2004—11. 
  • Co-Chair, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs--Central European University Joint Taskforce on ‘Globalisation’; Central European University Co-ordinator 2004—05.
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London.  2002-12.  



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Published Work

Single Authored Books

  • ‘Making Global Policy’, Cambridge University Press, December 2019.  
  • Knowledge Actors and Transnational Governance: The Public-Private Policy Nexus in the Global Agora (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013: i-xvi; 1-222).
  • Capturing the Political Imagination: Think Tanks and the Policy Process (London: Frank Cass, 1996: i-xviii, 1-331).   Hardback and paperback.

Edited Books

  • Oxford Handbook on Global Policy and Transnational Administration, Stone, D. and Moloney, K., Oxford University Press,  February 2019. 
  • Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations: Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe, co-edited with Agnes Batory and Andrew Cartwright, Edward Elgar 2017. 
  • The World Bank and Governance: A Decade of Reform and Reaction, with Christopher Wright, (Routledge, 2006: i-xx; 1-267). 
  • Global Knowledge Networks and International Development: Bridges Across Boundaries (Routledge, 2005: i-xix; 1-192). Co-editor with Simon Maxwell, Hardback and Paperback.
  • Think Tank Traditions: Policy Research and the Politics of Ideas Co-editor with Andrew Denham (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2004 i – xiv, 1-322)
  • Banking on Knowledge: The Genesis of the Global Development Network (London, Routledge, 2000 i-xvii, 1-266).  Editor, Hardback and paperback.
  • Think Tanks Across Nations: A Comparative Approach (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1998: i-xvi, 1- 235).  Co-editor.  Hardback.


Special Guest Editions and Symposia in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Think Tanks in an Era of Austerity’, thematic edition co-edited with Hartwig Pautz and Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, Policy and Society, 37(2), 2018 forthcoming.

  • Stone, D. and Ladi, S., 2015. Global public policy and transnational administration. Public Administration, 93(4), pp.839-855

  • Asia’s Leadership Deficit? edited with Mark Beeson of The Pacific Review, 27(4), 2014.
  • Global Knowledge Networks, guest editor, Global Networks, 2(1), 2002: 1-93.


Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals since 2010

  • Think Tanks in an Era of Austerity’, thematic edition co-edited with Hartwig Pautz and Marcos Gonzalez Hernando, Policy and Society, 37(2), 2018 forthcoming.
  • ASEAN Think Tanks and Economic Cooperation: From the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis to the 2009 Global Financial Crisis’ (with Erin Zimmerman) Policy and Society 37(2).
  • ‘Understanding the transfer of policy failure: bricolage, experimentalism and translation. Policy & Politics, 45(1): 55-70. January 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 Dialogue’ (with Elena Douglas, University of Western Australia), Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69 (1), 2015: 18-34.
  • With Mark Beeson, ‘Leadership Patterns in the Asia Pacific: A Symposium’, The Pacific Review, 2014, 27(4): 505-522.
  •  ‘‘Shades of grey’: Knowledge Networks, Linked Ecologies and the World Bank’, Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 13(2) 2013: 241–260.  
  • With Mark Beeson, ‘The European Union Model's 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.  
  • ‘The ASEAN-ISIS Policy Network: Interpretative Communities, Informal Diplomacy and Discourses of Region, Minerva, 49(2) 2011: 241-62.   
  • ‘Transnational Philanthropy or Policy Transfer? The Transnational Norms of the Open Society Institute, Policy and Politics, 38(2), 2010: 269-87.    


Chapters in Edited Anthologies since 2010

  • ‘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
  • ‘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.
  • ‘Partners in Diplomacy: Transnational Expert Communities and Global Policy Programmes’, chapter for Annabelle Littoz-Monet (ed.) The Politics of Expertise in International Organizations, Routledge, 2017:93-110.
  • With Agnes Batory and Andrew Cartwright, ‘Introduction:Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations in Post-Accession Central and Eastern Europe’, in Batory, Cartwright and Stone (eds.) Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations: After Accession in Central and Eastern Europe, Edward Elgar 2018 (in press).
  • ‘‘Emerging Powers in International Development: The New Philanthropy’ (with Michael Moran, Swinburne University) in Jean Grugel and Dan Hammett (Eds.) The Handbook of International Development, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016: 297-313.
  • ‘Think Tanks’, in N. J. Smelser, Hassell, Anke., and Paul B. Baltes. (eds) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioural Sciences, (Oxford, Pergamon, 2016. 
  •  ‘Global Policy and the Public Action of Private Philanthropy: the Open Society Institute’, in Jude Howell (Ed.) Global Matters of Non Governmental Public Action, Houndsmill Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 178-199.  
  • ‘Agents of Knowledge’, in David Levi-Faur (ed) Oxford Handbook of Governance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012: 339-52.  
  • ‘An American University in Europe: Philanthropy and Policy Studies at the Central European University’ in Tor Halvorsen and Atle Nyhagen (eds) Academic identities - academic challenges? American and European experience of the transformation of higher education and research, Cambridge Scholar Press, 2011: 194-218.
  • ‘Knowledge Networks and Transnational Policy Processes’, in Georgios Papanagnou (Ed.), Social Science and Policy Challenges: Democracy, Values and Capacities, Paris UNESCO, 2011: 181-204.
  •  ‘Dynamics of Transnational Policy’, Political Studies Association 60th Anniversary Compendium, December, 2010, p. 28.
  • ‘Knowledge and Policy Networks in Global Governance’, in Brigitte Young and Christoph Scherrer (eds.) Gender Knowledge and Knowledge Networks in the International Political Economy, Baden-Baden, Nomos 2010: 36-54.


Research Projects & Grants 

Personal Grants

  • UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award (BRCA) with Tim Dunne for 2012, $13,000.
  • GARNET FP6 European Commission Network of Excellence Visiting Scholar research grant at the Central European University, Budapest Hungary.  April through June, 2007. €7,500.
  • Grantee of a User Fellowship to host Vanessa Weyrauch from CIPPEC-Argentina, Non Governmental Public Action (NGPA) programme, Economic and Social Research Council of the UK, from October 2006—March 2007 for writing on ‘Weaving Global Networks’ £9,662. 
  • Grantee, Non Governmental Public Action (NGPA) programme, Economic and Social Research Council of the UK from January 2006—September 2007 teaching release. £70,706
  • Marie Curie Chair, from the European Commission FP6 "Structuring the European Research Area" at the Central European University (2004 – 2008) on ‘global networks’ €263 456.
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University competitive research grant for work on ‘policy transfer’ (February – May 2000) $7,300. 
  • British Academy Conference Grant (£600 in 1996). 
  • UK Economic and Social Research Council Research Fellowship (early career) 1993-96, £73,000
  • Fulbright Fellowship – Australian-American Educational Foundation for Doctoral Study in the USA (1991). 
  • Australian National University, PhD Scholarship. (1989 – 1993)
  • Australian National University, MA Scholarship (1987 – 1989)


Institutional Fund-raising

  • EL-CSID – European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy. European Commission H2020 research grant of €3.23 million Euro (€300,000 secured for PAIS at the University of Warwick), March 2016-19.
  • Funds raised with Professor Mark Beeson for the GR:EEN conference ‘Regional Leadership and Norms: EU, US and Asia-Pacific Trajectories’, UWA, 2nd – 3rd August 2012. GR:EEN 15,000 Euro and $19,000AUD.
  • Architect and Lead Coordinator, Erasmus Mundus Grant for the Mundus Masters in Public Policy Consortium: Central European University, Barcelona Institute of International Studies, Institute of Social Studies (den Haag) and the University of York: €3.5 million EUR (circa) 2007-2012. 
  • Joint World Bank and Researchers Alliance for Development post-doctoral workshop in Stockholm, May 2010 from GARNET FP6 European Commission Network of Excellence. €5,000 Euro.
  • Joint World Bank and Researchers Alliance for Development workshop in Washington DC, April 2009. Raised €20,000 Euro from GARNET FP6 European Commission Network of Excellence; $15,000 AUD from AusAid; £5,000 Economic & Social Research Council of the UK;
  • Joint World Bank, WTO and Researchers Alliance for Development workshop in Cape Town South Africa. Raised $15,000 AUD from AusAid and CHF40,000 from the World Trade Organization in 2008.
  • ESRC ‘Impacts Grant’ for the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation  awarded from the Economic and Social Research Council, 5 months, May to Sept. 2006, £31, 247.
  • Conference grant of $10,000 USD to the Central European University from the External Affairs Office of the World Bank (Paris), complemented by £8,500 from CSGR, University of Warwick for the April 2005 Conference “Research Bank on the World Bank”.
  • Co-Applicant Fulbright Senior Visiting Specialist Award for Professor Simon Reich to visit the Central European University, May to July 2005, $5,000 USD.
  • UK Department for International Development grant to the ‘Bridging Research and Policy’ project at the University of Warwick with the Overseas Development Institute in 2001, £44,000.
PhD Supervision

Areas of Supervision:

  • Diplomacy
  • Global governance
  • International organisation and global public-private partnership
  • Transnational administration
  • 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
  • The political process of lesson-drawing and policy transfer
  • Think tanks
  • Policy advice

Involvement in PhD Supervisory Panels:

  • Ario Wicaksono, Academic Administrative Entrepreneurs (AAEs) and Policy Transfer: Agency in Indonesian Bureaucratic Reform, University of Canberra, April 2017 – continuing.  
  • Helen Sellers, Australia-India Maritime Cooperation: Navigating the Sea Lanes of Communication, University of Canberra, February 2017 – continuing.  


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