Sara is a political scientist with more than 20 years experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Prior to joining ODI in 2006, she led UNDP Sudan's Peace Building Unit, managed a high-profile post-conflict response in the Nuba Mountains and was a resource person and an observer at the IGAD Sudan peace process. She holds a PhD in Politics and has lectured at the University of Dar es Salaam. She has written extensively on Sudan and South Sudan and is a regular media commentator on Sudan, South Sudan and humanitarian issues. Her current work focuses on underexplored dimensions of displacement, particularly the role of land in return and reintegration processes and displacement in urban contexts. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Disaster Management.
Key areas of expertise: conflict analysis, transitions, fragile states, displacement, return and reintegration, land tenure, pastoralism, Africa (especially Sudan and South Sudan).