Dr Kerryn Baker is a Fellow specialising in Pacific politics with the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs.

Kerryn’s research focuses on issues of gender, politics and participation in the Pacific Islands region. She has extensive experience observing elections in the region including in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Samoa.

She has provided expert commentary on issues of political participation, elections and electoral reform, and women’s political representation in the Pacific to various media outlets.

Fields of expertise



On her own terms: Jacinda Ardern steps down as New Zealand PM

At 37, Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest woman prime minister in October 2017. Thursday’s resignation announcement, effective…

19 January 2023


Solomon Islands riots reflect deeper unrest

Civil unrest in the Solomon Islands is not surprising and highlights long-standing development and governance challenges, according to…

26 November 2021


A crack in the glass ceiling

In April, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa caused the political equivalent of an earthquake for Samoa. The long-serving and immensely…

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