Mrs Denise Fisher

Masters of Philosophy, ANU 2012 (France in the South Pacific); Masters in International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins 1992
Visiting Fellow
ANU 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 recent Publications

FISHER, D. (2022) France and New Caledonia:  three independence referendums and an impasse, Occasional Paper, ANU Centre for European Studies, 21 November

FISHER, D. (2022) After three referendums, France still faces major challenges in New Caledonia, The Strategist,Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 23 November

FISHER, D. (2022) L’Indo-Pacifique et la souveraineté de la France en Océanie, Outre-terre 2022/1-2 (No 60-61), pp. 467-503

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), Why New Caledonia’s final independence vote could lead to instability and tarnish France’s image in the regionThe Conversation, 6 December.

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


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