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Diane Lesley Stone

Full-time Professor

Florence School of Transnational Governance

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Diane Lesley Stone

Full-time Professor

Florence School of Transnational Governance


Diane Stone is Professor of Global Policy in the Florence School of Transnational Governance. Previously, she was Dean of the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest and Vienna.

For 4 years until 2020, she was Centenary Professor at the University of Canberra and she has held positions earlier at other Australian universities. Until late 2019, she was Professor of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University.

Professor Stone was a founding member and a Vice President of the International Public Policy Association. She was Consulting Editor of the journal, Policy and Politics for four years. 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. Current service on Editorial Boards includes: Australian Journal of Public Administration, Policy and Politics, and Policy and Society as well as the Bristol University Press book series on ‘Transnational Administration and Global Policy’.

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 ten years until 2012, Professor Stone was a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute - a London based think tank.

Specific research interests include the influence of ideas and expertise on policy, the political economy of higher education; the ‘new diplomacy’; the study of policy networks; international philanthropy; policy transfer and translation; think tanks and policy advice.

Her most recent book publications are 'The Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Education', edited with Kim Moloney (OUP 2019), and the open access book 'Making Global Policy' (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

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