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Pat Collins

(He / him)
Associate Professor in Geography, University of Galway

Pat Collins is a native of Galway and has worked as an Economic Geographer at NUI Galway since 2012. Prior to that he was a researcher at the Whitaker Institute where his work looked at the location decisions of multinational tech companies. More recently, Pat has turned his attention to Creative Economies and Cultural Production. Through a number of EU funded projects, Pat has sought to better understand the relationship between culture, creativity and production as well as identifying the unique role played by Geography. Pat has contributed to both of Galway’s designation of UNESCO City of Film and European Capital of Culture. He has published over 20 internationally peer reviewed journal articles and two books. He is currently Director of the newly formed UrbanLab Galway at the University of Galway. His forthcoming book ‘Galway: Making a Capital of Culture’ will be published by Orpen Press.


  • 2006–present
    Lecturer, School of Geography & Archaeology National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 2015–2018
    Principal Investigator:, Creative Momentum Project
  • 2014–2015
    Lead Researcher, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture bid phase 1
  • 2004–2012
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Innovation & Structural Change, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • 2012–2012
    Researcher / Principal Investigator, Whitaker Institute
  • 2000–2004
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Hull
  • 1999–2000
    Research assistant, Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Galway September