Patrick recently completed a PhD which studied the political history of northern development in Australia. The research focused on the period between 1939 and 1969 and illuminated the influence of north Queensland's local councils on federal political debates and northern development. North Queensland's local councils lobbied for changes to national development and shaped significant outcomes in an era when national priorities often eclipsed regional concerns. Moreover, the research demonstrated discord between local and national visions of the role of northern Australia in future economic development and national security. Patrick has also published research in environmental, military, and political history.