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Adjunct Associate Professor Sara Davies
Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Political Science, Applied Ethics, Law
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PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
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  • Research Committee Member, Australian Institute for International Affairs
  • Executive Committee Member, Global Health Section, International Studies Association

Australian refugee law, International refugee law, Southeast Asia politics, human rights, infectious disease and security, international law

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Sara Davies is a QUT Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. Dr Davies also holds the following roles:

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University
  • Program Director of the Prevention of Mass Atrocities Program in the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland.
  • Co-Program Leader of International Law and Global Governance Research Program, Faculty of Law
  • Co-Stream Leader of Global Health and Regulation Stream in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

Dr Davies currently holds two ARC grants – Future Fellowship and Discovery Project  – both awarded in late 2013:

  • The ARC Future Fellow project Security and Health Diplomacy: A Necessary Partnership?, explores the factors which determine whether the portrayal of international health issues as security threats succeed or fail in inspiring cooperative policy and investment, focusing on five distinct global health programmes (GOARN, GAVI Alliance, Global Fund, Framework for Tobacco Control and Safe Motherhood Initiative).
  • The ARC Discovery Project, Preventing Mass Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Asia Pacific, led by Dr Davies and Professor Jacqui True, Monash University, builds on her previous work on the prevention of mass atrocities. This project seeks to identify the factors associated with heightened risk of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), especially the relationship between endemic violence against women and extreme cases of SGBV in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Davies’ two previous ARC Discovery Projects explored regional cooperation concerning infectious disease control in South East Asia (this project included the award of an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2013), and early warning strategies to prevent mass atrocities (awarded with co-CI Professor Alex Bellamy, Griffith University, 2009-2012).  Dr Davies has written two single authored books, and has a new book published with Johns Hopkins University Press (co-authored with Adam Kamradt-Scott and Simon Rushton) Disease Diplomacy. She has edited six books; and is author of over 25 articles in internationally recognised journals. She is the co-founder and co-editor of quarterly issued journal Global Responsibility to Protect; and co-founder of the blog, Protection Gateway.

This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Sara Davies.


Dr Davies has taught and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students (PhD and Masters) at QUT, Griffith University and University of Queensland.  Dr Davies has taught in international diplomacy courses; and been invited to give lecturers and present at a number of international forums in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Level 3 Accredited Supervisor at QUT.

Dr Davies welcomes students to approach her for supervision in the following areas:

  • Global Health Governance
  • International Health Regulations
  • Global Health Security
  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Armed Conflict
  • Responsibility to Protect
  • Prevention of Mass Atrocities
  • International Refugee Law
  • International Relations
  • Diplomacy
  • Security Studies
  • Global Governance
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Sara Davies.


Dr Davies is Program Leader of the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities Program at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

  • The Centre was awarded a second three-year grant from Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2013-2015). The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (AP R2P) is the only regional centre of its kind specifically dedicated to advancing the Responsibility to Protect principle through research and policy dialogue.
  •  The Centre works with government and civil society partners in the Asia Pacific to expand and deepen our research, training and policy engagement on the Responsibility to Protect.
  • As Program Leader, Sara has organized a number of workshops and training events within the Centre and published reports on engagement on Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security within Asia Pacific region.
  • She also co-edits the Global Responsibility to Protect journal (Martinus Nijhoff), which is Scopus Indexed.
This information has been contributed by Adjunct Associate Professor Sara Davies.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Security and Health Diplomacy: A Necessary Partnership?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Securitization; Global Health Governance; Diplomacy
Preventing Mass Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Conflict and Non-Conflict Affected Countries
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Containing H5N1: The Role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and East Asian States
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
International Organisation; World Health Organisation; East Asia; Global Health Governance; International Relations; International Cooperation;