Shamit Saggar is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Sussex and the Non-executive Chairman of the Board of the Legal Complaints Service of the Law Society of England & Wales. He is also the Vice President of the University of Toronto (School of Public policy).
He was previously:
• Senior Policy Advisor, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit • Yale World Fellow, Yale University • Harkness Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles • Reader in Political Behaviour, University of London
He divides his time between academia and active leadership of public institutions. The latter include board membership of:
• Financial Services Authority
• National Consumer Council
• Better Regulation Commission
• Association of British Insurers Consumer Impact Panel • Accountancy Foundation Ethics Standards Board • Whittington NHS Trust • Peabody Trust • Wilton Park Advisory Council • RSA Migration Commission • Independent Asylum Commission
Professor Saggar has held international visiting appointments at Yale University, UCLA, NYU, Notre Dame University, Oxford University, ANU and University of Western Australia . He has also worked with several UK think-tanks including IPPR, the Royal Society for the Arts, the Hansard Society, the Foreign Policy Centre, the Fabian Society, and the Citizenship Foundation.
He has published five books, more than 40 research journal articles and six major policy reports. His latest book, Pariah Politics: The Politics of Muslim Extremism in Western Democracies, will be published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. He has also published various op-ed pieces in national newspapers.
He regularly advises various UK government departments, overseas governments, international organisations, NGOs and commercial clients on policy and strategy.
He currently works on public policy, legal and financial regulation, political participation, ethnic pluralism, migration, religious extremism, social conflict, labour markets, international security, policy innovation and social change.