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Dr Paul Mitchell

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

  • Master of Economics, NUI Galway


Biographical details

Paul Mitchell is a Research Associate at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine. He is working as post-doctoral researcher on the Capabilities Project, a Wellcome Trust fellowship led by PI Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram. The project is centred on four key questions:

  1. What does the Capabilities Approach (CA) identify as the social responsibility for the health of individuals, and for addressing health inequalities across individuals, social groups, and national borders?
  2. What is the CA's account of personal responsibility for health?
  3. What are the conceptual and ethical differences between measuring health capability and other health measurements such as QALYs and DALYs?
  4. How could the CA pursue aggregation and efficiency in formulating health policy?

Paul recieved his PhD in Health Economics from the University of Birmingham in 2013. His PhD is titled "Exploring the capability approach in model-based economic evaluations". Paul's main supervisor was Professor Joanna Coast.

Paul worked as a Research Fellow at the Health Economics Unit at the University of Birmingham prior to joining King's. In this role, he was the lead analyst on a collaborative project with health economists from Monash Univesity and Birmingham, using the Multi-Instrument Comparison (MIC) dataset. Paul was also the lead organiser for the MRC funded 3rd ICECAP users workshop, held at the University of Birmingham in February 2014.

Paul has published his research in peer-reviewed journals, such as Medical Decision Making, Social Science & Medicine, and The Patient. He has presented his research at national and international conferences, such as the Health Economists' Study Group (HESG), the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) and the International Health Economists Association (iHEA). 


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