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
- Economic development
|2016 - present||Senior policy fellow and deputy director, Center for Global Development in Europe|
|2016 - present||Research associate, Institute for Fiscal Studies|
|2012-16||Deputy chief economist, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
|2008-12||Deputy director for disease risk & food security analysis, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
|2007-08||MSc Economics, University College London|
|2004-07||Deputy director for higher education analysis and economic adviser, UK Department for Education|
|1999-2004||Various roles at EY; HM Treasury, and the Centre for Economics and Business Research|
- Commitment to Development Index Center for Global Development, September 2017
- The EU single market: the value of membership versus access to the UK with Carl Emmerson, Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies, August 2016
- Brexit and the UK’s public finances with Carl Emmerson, Paul Johnson, David Phillips, Institute for Fiscal Studies, May 2016
- Food for thought – improving the stability of global food markets Civil Service Quarterly, Cabinet Office, May 2016
- Grey Swans – Agricultural Price Spikes Are Not a Thing of the Past Eurochoices, Vol. 14, Issue 3, December 2015, pages 40–46