Patrick is committed to bettering the resilience of agro-ecological systems. His research focuses on two main streams that supports decision-making for equitable social-ecological outcomes.
The first stream is focused on understanding environmental decision-making on farms, to improve program recruitment and retention. The second stream is focused on organic food certification systems to better balance social and ecological needs.
Underpinning his research is the idea that achieving regenerative agro-ecological systems is a social and relational process. As such, he uses a relational approach to understand environmental decisions.