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Patrick Ryan has held various leadership positions at the University of Bradford. He has just completed a two-year term as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (Aug’16 to July’18) and as Head of the School of Social Sciences (Aug’18 to April’20). Prior to this he was the Director of Knowledge Transfer and the Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer (2010-2016). Patrick was also the Head of Department of the Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID) from 2000-2009. 

He has had a long career in international development both as an academic and a practitioner working in low income countries. His specialist areas include development project planning and management; investment appraisal; the financial and economic analysis of investment projects as well as microfinance and small enterprise financing and development.

He has extensive academic knowledge and practical experience of project planning and appraisal and implementing small and large-scale international development projects. He has worked as a consultant and delivered continuing professional development training programmes for a number of international development agencies including the World Bank, the European Commission, the African Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank. 

His research interests include microfinance, small and medium enterprise financing and promotion and private sector development in low income countries. Before joining the University, Patrick spent nearly nine years working on long term assignments in a number of low-income countries including St Vincent, Papua New Guinea, Malawi and Zambia. Since joining Bradford he has delivered consultancy services and training programmes on behalf of the University in approximately 25 low income countries.


Main research interests include:

Microfinance and Small Enterprise Financing and Development;

Effectiveness of Development Assistance Projects;

Investment Appraisal and Project Management.


Teaching interests

1. Project Planning and Management – Extensive teaching experience in project planning and management; the financial and economic analysis of projects, and spreadsheet modelling at both Masters and for overseas professional development training programmes.  

2. Microfinance & Private Sector Development – Extensive teaching experience in microfinance, small and micro-enterprise promotion; small business finance and credit delivery at both Masters and professional development training level.