Sarah Phillips lectures in international security and development, international relations, and comparative politics. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa - particularly in Yemen, Somaliland, Kenya, Jordan, Pakistan, and Oman - and has advised numerous governments and international development agencies on matters pertaining to these areas. Her most recent book, ‘Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis’ analyses the dynamics of the country’s informal institutions amid rapid political and social change.
Phillips currently holds two Australian Research Council (ARC) grants: one examining state-formation and external finance in Somalia/Somaliland, and the other examining the organisational dynamics of pirate organisations. More broadly, her research investigates the securitsation of development, post colonial perspectives on international relations, the politics of contemporary state-building, the management of violence beyond the state, non-state actors and informal institutions, and tribes and state formation. She is available to supervise postgraduate students with an interest in studying these areas. The primary geographic scope of her work is the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, with a specific focus on Yemen and Somalia/Somaliland.