Ms Sarah Bourke

Visiting Phd Student

Master of Philosophy in Medical Anthropology, University of Oxford (2015)
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours in Biological Anthropology), The Australian National University (2013)
Bachelor of Science (Psychology), The Australian National University (2013)



Ms Sarah Bourke joined NCIS in August 2015 as a Visiting PhD Student. Her doctorate research examines the impact of social factors on health, wellbeing and bodyweight for Indigenous Australians in the ACT. She is a visiting student at NCIS for her year of fieldwork before she return to the University of Oxford to complete her thesis.


Sarah is a Canberra local and a descendant of the Djaru, Ongkomi (WA) and Gamilaroi (NSW) cultural groups of Aboriginal Australia. She completed a combined undergraduate degree at ANU before being awarded a General Sir John Monash Award and Roberta Sykes Scholarship to undertake a Masters degree at the University of Oxford in the UK. Having completed this degree in June, she is now undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology degree at Oxford.

Scholarly interests

Sarah's primary research interests are in Medical anthropology, Indigenous health and wellbeing, inequality and health, philosophies of being and the body.


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