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Dr Sal Clark

PhD, Swinburne University of Technology , Australia; Honours , Swinburne University of Technology , Australia


Clark comes from an interdisciplinary background incorporating political theory with sociological methods and has experience in conducting qualitative research with marginalised communities. Clark’s research interests broadly encompass forced migration, human rights, bordering practices and the intersection of ‘race’, and gender and the politics of displacement and exceptionality. Clark attained their doctorate from Swinburne University in 2016. Their PhD, titled ‘Navigating Asylum: Journeys from Indonesia to Australia’ charts the precarious nature of life in transit for Haraza asylum seekers undergoing the UNHCR refugee status determination process and explores the connection between conditions in transit and irregular migration. 

Clark also leads a Cultural Study Tour to Indonesia; this 3 week programme takes undergraduates across a number of locations in west Java and is comprised of a number of social, political and cultural activities designed to challenge students and develop their intercultural competencies. During this time students participate in a number of industry visits, partner with local universities and attend workshops and seminars with a range of NGOs and civil society actors. 

Research interests

International Relations; forced migration; refugee studies; political theory; gender

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Forced Migration : I currently welcome interest for honours, masters and PhD projects looking at forced migration, displacement, critical refugee studies or critical border studies

Gender & Sexuality : I currently welcome interest for honours, masters and PhD projects interested in interdisciplinary approachs to gender & sexuality


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Political Science - 440800
  • Sociology - 441000

Teaching areas

History;Politics;Sociology;International Relations


  • 2021, International, Best Journal Article or Book Chapter Prize (Global North), Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies, University of Melbourne
  • 2016, Swinburne, Dean's Teaching Award, Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Clark, Sal; Clark, S.; Clark, Sally
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Access and Experiences of housing and education among young African refugees resettled in Australia (Student) *; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Fund Scheme
  • 2019: Measuring Collective Impact of Sport Policy on the Sustainable Development Goals *; Commonwealth Secretariat

* Chief Investigator