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Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell

Deputy Director for CGD Europe and Senior Policy Fellow


The economics and developmental impact of policies including Brexit, trade, agriculture, environment, education, social mobility, and risk management; policy development in the EU and G20


Ian Mitchell is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development in Europe. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. As of late, Mitchell  has undertaken research on the economic impact of Brexit, the value of the EU Single Market, and the impact of Brexit on development in relation to trade and aid.

Until 2016, Mitchell worked as an economist and senior civil servant in the UK government. At the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), he was Deputy Chief Economist and was responsible for economic analysis on EU, agricultural and environmental issues—including advising Ministers on the UK’s strategy on the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Between 2014 and 2015, he chaired the Agricultural Markets Information System established by the G20 to mitigate global food commodity volatility. At DEFRA, Ian was also responsible for the UK’s economic analysis on food & resource security and animal disease risk & outbreaks.

From 2004 to 2008, Mitchell undertook economic analysis on education and social mobility at the UK Department for Education. He and his team helped design, and led the evaluation of, reforms to higher education including the introduction of tuition fees. This included projecting participation and annual budgets over £8bn ($12bn) and assessing impacts on equality. He undertook new research on social mobility in the UK using both income and broader measures of well-being. Mitchell’s career began at Ernst and Young and has also included roles at HM Treasury and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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