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Professor and Director, Public Policy institute, The University of Western Australia

Professor Shamit Saggar is the Director of the University Western Australia Public Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy. The UWA Public Policy Institute was launched in 2018 as a new way for the University to share its world-class research and expertise with decision makers and community leaders to help shape the future of our society.

Professor Saggar has held academic appointments at the universities of Liverpool, Queen Mary London, Sussex, UCLA, Yale and Toronto.


  • 2019–present
    Chair professor, UWA
  • 2014–2019
    Chair professor, University of Essex
  • 2004–2013
    Chair professor, University of Sussex


  • 1989 
    University of Essex, PhD
  • 1984 
    University of Essex, BA


  • 2019
    Patterns of Prejudice, ‘Just three Skittles in a bowl will kill you. Would you take a handful?’ Evidence, public policy and Islamist-inspired violent extremism

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Doctoral Training Partnership
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2012
    New approaches to equality outcomes
    Knowledge Exchange Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Social Sciences

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)