Ala Archa, Kyrgyzstan, 2008Dr Liam O’Shea is a researcher and consultant working on policing, security and state-building in the Former Soviet Union. His current research focuses on policing and police reform in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia and he has spent over one-and-a-half years conducting fieldwork in these countries. Liam is also interested, more broadly, in the study of security sector reform (SSR), police reform, security and state-building in developing countries.

Liam completed his PhD at the University of St. Andrews’ School of International Relations. He holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, an MA in Conflict, Governance and Development from the University of York and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Russian Language from the University of Glasgow.

During his PhD, Liam conducted projects on international police assistance for the Scottish Government and an international NGO. He worked previously for two Labour MPs at the Westminster Parliament on a variety of issues, including UK development policy in conflict zones and the deployments of British police in developing countries.