Patrick's research explores the political history of northern development in Australia. His thesis illuminates the influence of regional political voices from Australia’s north on nation-building projects such as post-war reconstruction and northern development. His analysis offers fresh perspective on the role of local governments in Australia's north and will inform current debates about developing northern regions.
Patrick's other research interests include Indigenous Australian perspectives on northern development, the role of drought and flood in tropical urban environments like Townsville and other themes of Australian political history such as federalism, governance and defence policy.
Patrick has an undergraduate degree from the United States and experience working in the tertiary education, health, hospitality and construction sectors. He has completed an honours thesis in military history and a Master of Conflict Management and Resolution, and serves in the Australian Army.