Sarah Percy is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Deputy Director of its Graduate Centre for Governance and International Affairs. She is also a Non Resident Fellow of the Australian Sea Power Centre and a Senior Research Associate at the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War (OPCCW).
Before coming to UQ, she was an Associate Professor in International Relations at the University of Western Australia and Course Director of three of its Master of Arts programs. Prior to that, Associate Professor Percy was: a University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in International Relations at Merton College, Oxford; a Research Associate in the OPCCW; and a Lecturer in Defense Studies at King’s College London. In this last role, she taught senior and mid-career military officers at the Joint Services Staff and Command College.
Associate Professor Percy was born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, and completed a BA at Queen’s University before embarking on a M.Phil and D.Phil at the University of Oxford (Balliol College), where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. Her research focuses on unconventional combatants (particularly private military and security companies, and mercenaries) and unconventional security threats (particularly maritime crime and piracy).
She has presented on these topics to a range of academic audiences, as well as to the United Nations, the Royal Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal United Services Institute (London) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). Her research on piracy was featured in the production notes of the film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.