Sarah's PhD focused on a community in very remote Aboriginal Australia. The thesis, entitled "Amunturrngu: An Emergent Community in central Australia" examined the political economy of this newly settled place.
As a social anthropologist Sarah has 25 years’ experience in applied and academic research with Aboriginal Australians. In her formative years, she worked as a regional anthropologist for the two major Northern Territory (NT) Land Councils. Most of Sarah’s research has remained focused on working and collaborating with Aboriginal people in the NT on issues such as the, often unintended, effects of government policies and programs. Her book "Remote Freedoms: Politics, Personhood and Human Rights in remote Aboriginal Australia" was the major outcome of her Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (2012-2016), while she was at the Australian National University. Sarah is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Qld.