Professor Peebles has been passionately engaged with the Pacific academically and professionally for almost 30 years.
Professor Peebles worked for the Office of the Pacific in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, where he was responsible for some of the most critical Pacific strategic issues, including climate change and oceans, the Pacific Islands Forum and Australia’s overall Pacific policy.
As part of his diplomatic career, Professor Peebles served as the Deputy High Commissioner in Solomon Islands, Minister Counsellor in Indonesia and as a peace monitor in Bougainville as part of the regional peace monitoring group. He has also served as a Senior Adviser on Overseas Aid and Pacific Island Affairs at Parliament House and as the Chief of Staff to the ACT Minister for Education and Training.
Professor Peebles has a PhD, Master of Strategic Affairs, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons). He is the author of Pacific Regional Order, published by ANU.