Dr George Carter

Research Fellow - Geopolitics and Regionalism
Department of Pacific Affairs

George Carter is a Research Fellow in Geopolitics and Regionalism, at the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU). In 2019 he became a Co-Director for the ANU Pacific Institute; a network hub of over 200 scholars - connecting and promoting Pacific Studies research, teaching and training at the university.

The broad focus of George's research interests is understanding Pacific island states and peoples' influence in decision-making processes in regional and international politics. His research projects explores their participation in multilateral climate change negotiations, foreign policy making, geopolitical security interests in the Pacific around climate change, environment and human security. He lectures courses in international relations, diplomacy, security, environment and climate change, policy, cultural communication, and Pacific studies.

Before completing the PhD program with ANU, he had studied a Masters of Arts in International Relations with Honours, and a Masters of Diplomacy as an Australian Awards scholar. Subsequently he received the Prime Minister's Australia Pacific Award and the DPA Pacific Scholarship for his doctoral studies. He is also a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Pacific Studies. Prior coming to Australia, he was the Political Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Apia.

George's research and teaching interests are informed by his education, work experience in the Pacific and upbringing through his proud Samoan Tuvaluan, i-Kiribati, Chinese, British ancestry. He serves his family and village in Samoa, where he holds the matai/chiefly title of Sala.

  • Carter, G 2019, The Pacific should persist with Australia on climate change, pp. online.
  • Carter, G 2017, The Island COP: changing the negotiation climate with a 'Bula Spirit', pp. online.
  • Carter, G 2017, 'From Sinking to Syncing: Pacific diplomacy and consensus in multilateral climate change negotiations'.
  • Carter, G 2017, 'PRESENTATION - My Oceania: New Pacific Diplomacy'.
  • Haley, N, Ng Shiu, R, Baker, K et al. 2017, 2016 Samoa General Election: Domestic Observation Report.
  • Carter, G 2017, China's South-South Cooperation with Pacific Island Countries in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Series Report: Renewable Energy.
  • Zhang, D 2017, China's South-South Cooperation with Pacific Island Countries in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Series Report: An Overarching Analysis, United Nations Development Programme.
  • Carter, G & Firth, S 2016, 'The Mood in Melanesia after the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands', Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 16-25.
  • Ng Shiu, R & Carter, G 2016, 'SEMINAR - The Pulse of the Nation: Polling Political Opinions at the Samoa Election'.
  • Carter, G 2016, 'PRESENTATION - Pacific Islands' Climate Partnerships: the next step of China-Pacific relations'.
  • Carter, G 2016, 'PRESENTATION - The Pursuit of Climate Political Resilience'.
  • Carter, G 2016, 'Trends in Climate Governance and Partnerships in the Pacific'.
  • Carter, G 2015, 'Establishing a Pacific Voice in the Climate Change Negotiations', in Grey Fry and Sandra Tarte (ed.), The new Pacific diplomacy, ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 205-220.
  • Smith, G, Carter, G, Mao, X.J., Tararia, A., Tupou, E. and Xu, W.T. 2014, The Development Needs of Pacific Island Countries. Beijing: UNDP China.