Patrick  Barron

Patrick Barron

Senior Social Development Specialist

Patrick Barron is the World Bank’s Global Lead for Social Cohesion and Resilience within the Social Sustainability and Inclusion global practice. He was previously lead regional advisor on fragility, conflict, and violence for Asia. After working for local NGOs in Cambodia and China, he joined the World Bank where he ran the Bank’s conflict and peacebuilding programs in Indonesia. From 2005–2009 he led the Bank’s support to the Aceh peace process and worked across the region with a particular focus on Southern Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Afghanistan. Before returning to the World Bank, Barron served for four years as The Asia Foundation’s regional director for conflict and development. He has authored or co-authored three books: Contesting Development (Yale University Press), which was awarded International Development Book of the Year by the American Sociology Association; When Violence Works: Post- Conflict Violence and Peace in Indonesia (Cornell University Press); and, most recently Social Sustainability in Development: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century (World Bank). He has master’s degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of Oxford.