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Professor Shamit Saggar Professor of Political Science, University of Essex

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Professor Shamit Saggar FAcSS

Professor of Political Science


Professor of Political Science & Public Policy, Institute for Social & Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex


His previous appointments combine international academia and senior policymaking roles, spanning 30 years:

* ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, GEO/DCMS, HM Government

* Professor of Political Science, University of Sussex

* Yale World Fellow, Yale University

* Senior Advisor, Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, HM Government

* Reader in Political Behaviour, Queen Mary, University of London

* Harkness Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles

* Lecturer in Public Policy, The University of Liverpool


Shamit Saggar's public, community and business engagement activities span 20 years including:

* UPP Group Holdings Ltd - Non-executive Chairman

* Solicitor's Regulation Authority - Board member

* Legal Complaints Service, Law Society of England & Wales - Non-executive Chairman

* British Future - Board member

* Unbound Philanthropy - Advisor

* Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation - Special Advisor

* Commonwealth Secretariat Sen Commission - Special Advisor

* Better Regulation Commission - Commissioner

* National Asylum Commission - Commissioner

* Financial Services Authority - Board member

* National Consumer Council - Board member

* Whittington Hospital NHS Trust - Board member

* The Peabody Trust - Governor

* The Accountancy Foundation Ethics Standards Board - Board member

* Institute for Citizenship - Advisory Council member

* Foreign Policy Centre Global Britons Programme - Advisory Council member

* Royal National Institute for the Blind - Advisory Council member

* RSA Migration Commission - Commissioner

He also held adjunct roles with Demos, Demos Finance, Policy Exchange, Policy Network, IPPR and the Fabians.


Professor Saggar's main academic and applied interests lie in public policy, regulation, migration, ethnic pluralism, social change, social exclusion, labour markets, extremism and radicalisation, security, and political participation. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers and chapters, six books and 12 policy reports. His most recent book, Pariah Politics, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

He welcomes prospective PhD proposals in any the fields listed above.


Displaying all 10 publications

  1. Bittersweet success? Glass ceilings for Britain’s ethnic minorities at the top of business and the professions

    Shamit Saggar, Richard Norrie, Michelle Bannister, et al.

    1. Management: Business
    2. Labour Market
    3. Ethnic Groups
  2. Race and elections

    Hugh Muir, Omar Khan, Anthony Heath, et al.

    1. Politics
    2. Religion
    3. Ethnic Groups
    4. Race Relations
  3. Ethnic minorities and political parties: challenges and dilemmas

    Shamit Saggar

    1. Politics
    2. Ethnic Groups
    3. Race Relations
  4. Different view on the Recession and austerity with Understanding Society

    Shamit Saggar

  5. The three issues which will decide the General Election

    Shamit Saggar

  6. Verdicts on austerity could decide election

    Shamit Saggar

  7. Tough at the top: the glass ceiling problem

    Shamit Saggar

    1. Migration
    2. Ethnic Groups
  8. Equality 2.0 - complementary and alternative paths to equality - final report: the final report to GEO by an ESRC/GEO Knowledge Exchange Fellowship examining behaviour change insights to improve equalities policy outcomes

    Shamit Saggar and Tilmann Eckhardt

    1. Public Policy
    2. Social Behaviour
  9. Employment and perceived racial discrimination

    Shamit Saggar and Alita Nandi

    1. Labour Market
    2. Ethnic Groups
    3. Race Relations
  10. The impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration: final report to the Migration Advisory Committee, January 2012

    Shamit Saggar, Will Somerville, Rob Ford, et al.

    1. Migration
    2. Public Policy
    3. Government
    4. Societies


Displaying all 14 media publications

  1. Our boys need to be rescued, and it’ll take a new kind of role model

  2. The CBI has been accused of "hypocrisy" over staff diversity by a centre-right think tank

  3. CBI’s all-white leadership challenged on diversity call

  4. Tories' failure to attract ethnic minority vote 'could cost nine seats at election'

  5. Britain's first black PM will be a Tory says Cameron

  6. David Cameron: the first black or Asian prime minister will be a Tory

  7. Failure to win over ethnic minority voters could cost Tories or Labour the election

  8. Breaking out: in Britain, Bangladeshis have overtaken Pakistanis. Credit the poor job market when they arrived and the magical effect of London

  9. Britain must integrate to accumulate

  10. Immigration and diversity: Britain must integrate to accumulate

  11. Into the melting pot

  12. Into the melting pot

  13. The Muslim street: Pakistani neighbourhoods are defying the high-street slump

  14. The Muslim street: Pakistani neighbourhoods are defying the high-street slump

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