Patrick Bond is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he directs the Centre for Civil Society. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy, and geopolitics. From 1994-2002, he worked for the South African government, authoring or editing more than a dozen policy papers including the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and the RDP White Paper. He has also taught at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public and Development Management from 1997-2004.

Bond is an advisory board member of several international journals: Socialist Register (York University), International Journal of Health Services (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health), Historical Materialism, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (American University), Studies in Political Economy (Carleton University), Capitalism Nature Socialism, Review of African Political Economy, and the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (Unesco, New York). He was educated at Swarthmore College Department of Economics, the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he received his Ph.D. in 1993.[3]

Bond is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society of which he anticipates “immense learning and activist opportunities”.