Sarah Phillips is an Associate Professor in international security and development at [The University of Sydney](https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/about/our-people/academic-staff/sarah-phillips.html). Her research draws on in-depth fieldwork, and focuses on international intervention in the global south, knowledge production in conflict-affected states, state-building, and non-state governance, with a geographic focus on the Arabian Peninsula and Horn of Africa.
Sarah is the author of three books, the latest of which, [When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland](https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501747151/when-there-was-no-aid/#bookTabs=1) (Cornell University Press, 2020) builds on research conducted previously for [DLP](https://www.dlprog.org/publications/research-papers/political-settlements-and-state-formation-the-case-of-somaliland), and was awarded the Australian Political Science Association (AusPSA) [Crisp Prize](https://auspsa.org.au/prizes-and-awards/) for the best scholarly political science monograph (2018-20). She is also published widely in top-tiered academic journals, including [International Studies Quarterly](https://academic.oup.com/isq/article/63/3/680/5519531), the [European Journal of International Relations](https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1354066119837335), [African Affairs](https://academic.oup.com/afraf/article/114/457/555/2195178), [Foreign Affairs](https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/yemen/2015-08-30/assisting-al-qaeda), and [International Affairs](https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/publications/ia/inta92-3-07-phillips.pdf). Her article in African Affairs (co-authored with Justin Hastings) won the [Stephen Ellis Prize](https://academic.oup.com/afraf/pages/the_stephen_ellis_prize) for the most innovative article in 2014-15.
Sarah has also been awarded a number of prestigious competitive grants, including three from the Australian Research Council (one examining state-formation and external finance in Somalia/Somaliland, another on the organisational dynamics of maritime pirate organisations and, most recently, a project that will explore perceptions of terrorist groups in conflict-affected states). Sarah holds a Sydney Outstanding Academic Research (SOAR) Fellowship, and is a Non-Resident Fellow at the [Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies](https://sanaacenter.org/member/sarah-phillips) (Yemen and Lebanon).