Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department
Ian Mitchell

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Ian Mitchell is a senior policy fellow and deputy director for the Center for Global Development in Europe.

His main research work is the economic analysis of trade, agriculture and development, but his focus at Chatham House is on agricultural policy and international food security.

In 2016 he led two economic studies of Brexit and the EU single market at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Before that, he was Deputy Chief Economist at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

He spent over ten years as a senior civil servant in Whitehall roles. Between 2014-15 he chaired the Agricultural Markets Information System, launched by the G20 to improve market transparency and mitigate the risk of food price spikes.

He has served as an advisor to the International Trade and International Development Select Committees.

He has an MSc in Economics from UCL, and obtained his BSc in Economics from Warwick University.

Areas of expertise

  • Food security
  • Agriculture
  • Trade
  • Economic development

Past experience

2016 - presentSenior policy fellow and deputy director, Center for Global Development in Europe
2016 - presentResearch associate, Institute for Fiscal Studies
2012-16Deputy chief economist, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2008-12Deputy director for disease risk & food security analysis, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2007-08MSc Economics, University College London
2004-07Deputy director for higher education analysis and economic adviser, UK Department for Education
1999-2004Various roles at EY; HM Treasury, and the Centre for Economics and Business Research