Dr Paul M Mitchell

B COM(Galway), MEcon SC(Galway), PhD(Birm.)

  • BS8 1NU

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Paul Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer/Research Fellow in Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis 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 that 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.

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, Paul is co-unit lead for the "Economics & Policy of Health & Care: the UK in a global setting" on the new MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis that starts in September 2022.

Paul is currently supervising three PhD students, one as lead supervisor. He would be interested in supervising students with an interest in the application of the capability approach in health economics and the use of economic valuation methods such as discrete choice experiments.

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 topic leading academic journals such as Quality of Life Research and Social Science & Medicine.

Paul was 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. He is keen to work with policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels who are interested in using wellbeing measures to aid their decision making.


  • Health Economics
  • Capability Approach
  • wellbeing
  • Discrete Choice Experiments


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