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
T: 04 212 12695

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), accredited to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola and Malawi; then Australian Consul-General in Noumea, New Caledonia(2001-2004) covering the French Pacific territories. Currently Visiting Fellow, ANU Centre for European Studies, writing on France in the South Pacific


2021 Publications and interviews

FISHER, D. (2021), France precipitates abrupt end to Noumea Accord in New Caledonia, The Strategist, Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 20 July.


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


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) Relations avec la France, in Peter Brown and Jean-Yves Faberon, L’essentiel pour comprendre l’Australie, Maison de la Mélanésie-Paul de Deckker, pp 242-4


FISHER, D. (2021) Positive outlook for New Caledonia’s resource politics, East Asia Forum, 19 March.


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


FISHER, D. (2021) Interview, New Caledonia: independence leaders withdraw from Government, Pacific Beat, Radio Australia, 3 February.


FISHER, D. (2021) Interview, New Caledonia’s government collapses, The World, 2 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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