Sarah's research interests are broadly in critical peace and conflict studies, international institutions, and security governance, utilising feminist and post-colonial theory. She has lectured in international relations, security and conflict resolution at Monash University, Swinburne University, and Australian Catholic University, in Melbourne, Australia. She has conducted research on the policy and practice of the gender component of peacekeeping, looking especially at the case of Timor-Leste. Her book Gendering peace: the United Nations in Timor-Leste was recently published with Routledge (2019). She has also published her research with Australian Journal of International Affairs, Global Change, Peace and Security, Manchester University Press, and E-International Relations; and has undertaken research and consultancies for NGOs.