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Paul Mitchell is a Research Fellow in Health Economics at Health Economics Bristol (HEB), University of Bristol. His work focuses on the measurement and valuation of outcomes. He also has a particular interest in the application of the Capability Approach to informing public policy decision making. Currently, his main research is on a Wellcome funded project to develop a life course approach using capability measures for the economic assessment of health and care interventions (Principal Investigator: Joanna Coast). This involves the development and valuation of capability measures for children and young people, building on previous work done in measuring adult capabilities using the ICECAP measures. Paul is leading the valuation part of this research, as well as the conceptual development of a life course economic evaluation framework across existing ICECAP measures and those developed during the Wellcome project.

Paul has over a decade of experience in the area of health economics. He undertook his PhD in the University of Birmingham, which focused on the application of capability measures and the capability approach to health and care decision making. He developed sufficient capability as an alternative objective to use in health economic evaluation compared to QALY maximisation. Previously, he has held research positions at the University of Birmingham and King's College London. He has led various studies using the ICECAP capability wellbeing measures.

In 2020, Paul was funded as a Principal Investigator by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to undertake COVID-19 relevant research, leading a collaboration of researchers from the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. He is also Co-Investigator on projects funded by the ESRC Healthy Aging Programme (Principal Investigator: Helen Manchester) and MRC/NIHR EME Programme (Principal Investigator: Alastair Hay).

In terms of teaching and supervision, Paul developed and delivered the inaugural Introduction to Health Economics for Public Health module for the MSc in Public Health at the University of Bristol. He is currently supervising two PhD students (one based at the University of Warwick) and has been awarded funding from the GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership to lead supervision on a project with supervisors from across the Univiersities of Bristol and Exeter, starting in October 2021.

Paul is a coordinator of the Health and Disability Thematic Group at the Human Development and Capability Association. He is a frequent participant at health economics and related conferences and has mentored two PhD students through the iHEA mentoring scheme. He has published in academic journals such as Quality of Life Research and Social Science & Medicine. Paul was also awarded a Wellcome secondment fellowship to work outside of academia and develop policy engagement experience by supporting the work of the charity The Centre for Thriving Places, providing them with research expertise for six months in 2020/21.

Paul is keen to collaborate and supervise with those interested in topics related to the Capability Approach, ICECAP capability wellbeing measures, and using valuation methods such as Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) or Best Worst Scaling (BWS). He is also keen to work with policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels who are interested in using wellbeing measures to aid their decision making.


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