Ala Archa, Kyrgyzstan, 2008Dr Liam O’Shea is a researcher and consultant working on policing, security and state-building in the Former Soviet Union. He completed his PhD at the University of St. Andrews’ School of International Relations on police reform and state-building in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia and has spent over one-and-a-half years conducting fieldwork in these countries. His broader research interests include security sector reform (SSR), police reform, security and state-building in developing countries.

Liam has 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. From 2014-2015, Liam is participating in the Alfa Program, a professional development programme for young Britons and Americans working in various sectors in Russia.