Mrs Denise Fisher

Masters of Philosophy, ANU 2012 (France in the South Pacific); Masters in International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins 1992
Visiting Fellow
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • International Relations 160607
  • Defence Studies 160604


An Australian diplomat for thirty years, served in Australian diplomatic missions as a political and economic policy analyst in Rangoon, Nairobi, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC before being appointed Australian High Commissioner in Harare (1998-2001) then Australian Consul-General in Noumea, New Caledonia(2001-2004) covering the French Pacific territories. Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies, writing on France in the South Pacific. Author,

France in the South Pacific: power and politics (2013), ANU epress.

Some 2021 Publications

FISHER, D. (2021), Uncertainties as New Caledonia prepares for its final independence referendum, Discussion Paper 2021/3, Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, 21 October

FISHER, D. (2021),  New Caledonian independence leaders challenge France over final referendum date, The Strategist, Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 22 October.

FISHER, D. (2021), Mending a neighbourhood fence:  Australia’s strategic partnership with France in the Pacific, Pearls and Irritations, 21 September.

FISHER, D. (2021), Macron’s Indo-Pacific vision:  “Woe betide the small and isolated”, The Strategist, Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 20 August.

FISHER, D. (2021) Quelques réflexions australiennes sur le deuxième referendum, Revue juridique politique et économique de Nouelle-Calédonie, No 37, 2021/1, pp 19-25

FISHER, D. (2021), New Caledonia eyes final vote on independence, The Interpreter, Sydney:  Lowy Institute, 26 May.

FISHER, D.(2021)  Why New Caledonia’s instability is not just a problem for France, The Conversation, 5 February.

FISHER, D. (2020) The Indo-Pacific and France’s Pacific Sovereignty, in The Pacific in the Asian Century, Outre-terre,  1-2, No 58-59, pp. 401-427.


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