Qualifications: PhD Macquarie; MPhil London; BA Sussex
Peter does comparative research on Pacific Islands government and politics. He originally worked in the Lands Department in Solomon Islands and his PhD compared land polices in Melanesia. He edited a number of books by Pacific Islanders for the Institute of Pacific Studies at USP and taught at the University of PNG in the 1980s. He has been at the School of Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University since 1994 and became Professor of Public Administration and Policy at USP in 2011. His book Foreign Flowers (University of Hawaii 2005) looked at the imposition and adoption of foreign institutions in the Pacific Islands. His forthcoming book Interpreting Corruption (University of Hawaii 2012) looks at how corruption is defined, discussed and dealt with in the region.