Patrick's research analyses processes of marketisation, privatisation and financialisation and the impacts of these processes on young people who experience social, spatial and economic marginalisation. This research has centred on policy and discourse, in diverse areas such as social services, work and employment activation, identity and citizenship, rurality and agriculture. Patrick also explores young peoples’ resistances to marginalisation, particularly the ways in which young people develop and express agency through place making.
Patrick’s recent research has studied young peoples’ experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, in connection to key policy decisions implemented by state and federal governments throughout this period. This work analyses restructuring in key sectors and services, including employment, welfare and education, while contributing to the development of alternate approaches which better support young people. This research has been published in numerous high ranking journals, and has been featured by The Conversation, ABC radio and The Australian.