Charles Pattie is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (BSc Geography, First Class Hons), and Sheffield (PhD). After completing his PhD studentship, he was employed as a researcher at the University of Sheffield for three years before being appointed in 1989 to a lectureship in Geography at the University of Nottingham. In 1994 he returned to Sheffield as a Senior Lecturer in Geography, was promoted to a Readership in 1999, and to a personal Chair in 2000. Since 2017, he has been a Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield
His research interests revolve around electoral geography; electoral redistricting; parties and party campaigning; citizenship and participation; and the politics of devolution in the UK.