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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Sarah Kyambi

Sarah Kyambi
Dr Sarah Kyambi
Room 5.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 8258
Research Interests
Immigration, Immigration and asylum policy, EU immigration policy, Public policy, Human rights, disability

Dr Sarah Kyambi is an expert on immigration and integration policy. She has high-level expertise delivering specialist knowledge exchange input and providing policy-relevant research for government, funders and NGOs.

She holds a PhD in Law and Social Theory from Birkbeck College, University of London and has experience of working in several think tanks across the UK and in Brussels including the Institute for Public Policy Research, Migration Policy Group, the Scottish Council Foundation and the David Hume Institute where she was Deputy Director. 

Her research interests include immigration, public policy, human rights and disability. 

She is currently working on an EU-funded framework 7 research project DemandAT "Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking Efforts and Policies' 


2002 - PhD Law - Birkbeck College, University of London

1996 - LLB - University of Kent at Canterbury

Selected Publications:

Kyambi, S. (Forthcoming) The Role of the UK's Gangmasters Licensing Authority in Addressing Demand for Trafifficking in Human Beings: Potential, Limits and ChangesVienna: DemandAT

Boswell, C & Kyambi, S (2016) Steering Demand and the Quest for 'Better Regulation' Vienna: DemandAT

Kyambi, S. (2012) Migrant Entitlements and Eligibility for Public Services in Scotland: A Guide for Local Authorities, Glasgow: CoSLA

Kyambi, S. (2008) Room for Manoeuvre? The options for addressing immigration policy divergence between Holyrood and Westminster, Glasgow: EHRC

Kyambi, S. (2007) ‘Migrants and Social Inclusion: What would a progressive approach look like?’ in Flynn, D & Williams, Z Towards a Progressive Immigration Policy, London: Compass

Migration Policy Group (2007) Policies on Integration and Diversity in some OSCE Participating States, Brussels: MPG

Kyambi, S. (2005) Beyond Black and White: Mapping new immigrant communities, London: ippr. The research findings are accessible in part at

Kyambi, S. (2004) ‘National Identity and Refugee Law’ in Fitzpatrick, P & Tuitt, P Critical Beings: Law, nation and the global subject, Burlington: Ashgate