Patrick Paul Walsh is the Chair of International Development Studies in University College Dublin, Ireland.

During the Academic Year 2014-2015 he will be a Visiting Scholar at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York.

He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Government of Ireland,  Marie Curie (Brussels), IZA (Bonn), RSA (London) and REPOA (Tanzania) Fellow.

During 1992-2007 he worked in Trinity College Dublin. He left Trinity College Dublin as a College Fellow and Dean of Social and Human Sciences. He was a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven during 1997-1999 and a Research Scholar in the Department of Economics, Harvard University, during the academic year 2002-2003.

He is the chair of the Academic Steering committee of the Global Association of Masters of Development Practice that is based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University .

He is a member of the Social Science Committee for Science Europe.

Amongst other journals he has published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic JournalJournal of Industrial EconomicsInternational Journal of Industrial Organization, and Journal of Comparative Economics.  

His current research is on Agricultural Productivity in East Africa, Social Security for all, Socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS in clinical trials, Election Outcomes in Malawi, Patterns of Post-Conflict Resolution in the Great Lakes Region, Cartels and Global Food Security and issues surrounding the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, among other issues.