Shamit Saggar


  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Shamit Saggar is the Director of the Public Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Western Australia. Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Essex. He has also worked in senior roles in government, commerce, regulation and philanthropy.

He was previously a Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Essex; Director of the ESRC South-East Social Science Network Doctoral Training Partnership; Director of the Policy Unit at the Institute for Social and Economic Research; Senior Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office; ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellow with HM Government; Professor of Political Science, University of Sussex; Reader in Political Behaviour at Queen Mary, University of London; Harkness Fellow at UCLA; Yale World Fellow at Yale University; and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto. 

Professor Saggar has held chairs at Sussex and Essex Universities before taking up a chair at the University of Western Australia in 2018. He has published five single-authored academic books, edited two volumes, over 60+ academic journal papers and chapters, and 20+ policy reports with think-tanks and foundations. His subject expertise lies in the areas of migration, public policy, regulation, extremism and counter-terrorism, political participation and public attitudes. 

He has taken an active part in public leadership board roles. Since coming to Australia, these include the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (Migration Advisory Committee and Trustee) and The Conversation Australia Editorial Board. In the UK these included the Financial Services Authority; the Solicitors Regulation Authority; the Law Society Legal Complaints Service (Chairman); the Campaign for Social Science (Chairman); the National Asylum Commission; the Better Regulation Commission; the National Consumer Council; the Whittington Hospital Trust; the Peabody Trust; the Accountancy Foundation Ethics Standards Board; the Institute for Citizenship; the Foreign Policy Centre Global Britons Programme; the Royal National Institute for the Blind; and the RSA Migration Commission. He was previously Chairman of UPP Group Holdings Ltd. 

He has also held advisory roles with Unbound Philanthropy, Demos, Policy Exchange, the Institute for Public Policy Research, Policy Network, Fabians and British Future, and served as a Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat/Sen Commission and to the House of Common’s Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation. 

He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and in 2017 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to social science and public policy.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Director, UWA Public Policy Institute
  • Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, UWA School of Social Sciences
  • Professor Strategy and Management, UWA Business School
  • Research Fellow, UWA Africa Research and Engagement Centre

Research interests

  • Public policy
  • Migration
  • Regulation
  • Extremism and counter-terrorism
  • National security
  • Climate change
  • Machinery of government 
  • Think-tanks and knowledge networks
  • Political participation and public attitudes
  • Indian Ocean Rim

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Government, PhD, University of Essex

Award Date: 1 Jul 1989

Government, BA, University of Essex

Award Date: 1 Jul 1984

External positions

Member, Migration Advisory Committee, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)

2021 → …

Trustee, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)

2019 → …

Member, Editorial Board, The Conversation Australia

2019 → …

Member, Provider Risk Committee, Office for Students


Chair of the Board, Campaign for Social Science - Academy of Social Sciences


Chair of the Board, UPP Group Holdings Ltd


Board member, British Future


Board member, Solicitors Regulation Authority


Board member, Better Regulation Commission


Member, Customer Impact Panel - Association of British Insurers


Chair of the Board, Legal Complaints Service - Law Society of England and Wales


Board member, Wilton Park Council - Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Board member, Ethics Standards Board - Accountancy Foundation


Board member, Financial Services Authority - HM Treasury


Trustee, Peabody Trust


Board member, Whittington Health NHS Trust


Board member, National Consumer Council


Industry keywords

  • Government
  • Ageing
  • Children and Young People
  • Communications
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Finance and Business
  • Not for Profit
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Space
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Tourism

Research expertise keywords

  • Public policy Migration Regulation Extremism and counter-terrorism National security Machinery of government Political participation and public attitudes Indian Ocean connectivity


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