Dr Liam O’Shea

Senior Research FellowOrganised Crime and Policing


Dr Liam O'Shea is an expert on police integrity, violence and corruption, security sector reform and politics and security in the former Soviet Union.

His research examines how to address prominent problems in Western policing, including police brutality, racism and misogyny. Dr O’Shea also focuses on how to address and manage corruption and state capture within aid and security assistance. He leads RUSI’s Organised Crime, Terror and Insecurity in Africa project, developing policy options to address these issues in Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria.

From 2018-2020, Dr O’Shea was an adviser in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for the UK's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. He also led a team coordinating the FCDO's response to Covid-19 in vulnerable countries.

Dr O’Shea has consulted various organisations on security and justice in developing countries, including the Overseas Development Institute and Saferworld. He was the 2020/22 Dinam Fellow at the London School of Economics. From 2014-2015, he participated in the Alfa Fellowship, a professional leadership programme in Russia and he 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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