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 Salā.
Experts from The Australian National University (ANU) warn Pacific nations are at risk of being left behind in global climate negotiations if they aren’t a focus of the upcoming COP26 summit.
On 20 May 2021, DPA hosted a webinar on the prolonged and unprecedented 2021 Samoan elections.