Dr. Rob Kevlihan

Shanahan Research Group


Dr Rob Kevlihan is Consultative Director of the Shanahan Research Group (formerly known as the Kimmage Development Studies Centre) and Managing Director of Gumfoot Consultancy Ltd, a private consulting company specializing in advising governments and development organizations on governance, compliance and risk. Prior to joining KDSC in 2014 he worked for more than 15 years as a scholar, researcher and practitioner on development, humanitarian action, and conflict themes in Africa (Sudan, Angola, Ghana and West Africa more generally) and Asia (Central Asia particularly Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, and Vietnam). He has a PhD in International Relations from The American University in Washington, D.C. and has published single and co-authored articles in a number of journals, including International Studies Quarterly, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Disasters, Nations and Nationalism, Nationalities Papers, Ethnopolitics, Conflict, Security and Development, The European Journal of Development Research and African Security Review. His first book, entitled “Aid, Insurgencies and Conflict Transformation, When Greed is Good”, was published by Routledge in 2013. His recent publications focus on human security, the impact of aid on conflict, state-building and the nexus of conflict, development and security.