Dr Liam O’Shea

Senior Research FellowOrganised Crime and Policing


Dr Liam O'Shea is an expert on police and security sector reform in developing countries, politics and security in the former Soviet Union and police violence and corruption across the globe. He was previously the 2020/22 Dinam Fellow at the London School of Economics, where he led on a project to synthesise the evidence on what works to reduce police violence.

From 2018-2020, Dr O’Shea was a Governance Adviser in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for the UK's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, where he advised on regional strategies and programming in fragile and conflict-affected states. He also led a team coordinating the FCDO's response to Covid-19 in vulnerable countries and on the production of a High-level Event at the UN General Assembly, which raised over $11b in vaccine development for developing countries.

Dr O’Shea has also consulted a number of organisations on security and justice in developing countries, including the Overseas Development Institute and Saferworld. From 2014-2015, Liam won a place on the Alfa Fellowship, a professional leadership programme in Russia, where he led a project developing policy recommendations for police reform in Russia for a local NGO. He also wrote his PhD (St. Andrews) on police reform in the former Soviet Union.

Taskforce Member

RUSI State Threats Taskforce (STT)

RUSI’s State Threats Taskforce (STT) aims to support the UK and its partners in detecting, understanding, attributing and responding to the spectrum of complex state threats currently facing democracies.

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