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Helen Mitchell

Qualifications

First Class Honours in Economics, University of Melbourne. Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne.

Contact details

Helen is an economist and former diplomat, currently one of a cadre of senior experts providing strategic advice to the Prime Minister and rest of government. She is also the inaugural Non-Resident Fellow for Economic Security at the United States Studies Centre. Helen previously worked at Treasury and served Australia in New York, South Africa and Mexico with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is trained in analytical tradecraft and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Helen’s research draws on her expertise fusing economics, geopolitics and security for government. Today, economic security issues involve supply chains, growth and innovation as much as deterrence, commitment and pressure. This leads to tensions between the aims of economic security and statecraft policies. Helen has developed a rigorous framework to guide policymakers through these issues to find policies that can drive prosperity and add to regional deterrence and influence that will help Australia manage threats and develop new energy and technology systems. Helen’s framework helps policymakers to identify and calibrate policies that move Australia towards desired economic security outcomes and find off-ramps away from unintended consequences or dangerous outcomes.

You can hear Helen speak on economic statecraft and security and the global economy on the National Security Podcast: https://shows.acast.com/the-national-security-podcast/episodes/a-new-age... https://shows.acast.com/the-national-security-podcast/episodes/how-the-g... .

Topic title

Modern Economic Statecraft and Security

Topic description

Helen’s research draws on her expertise fusing economics, geopolitics and security for government. Today, economic security issues involve supply chains, growth and innovation as much as deterrence, commitment and pressure. This leads to tensions between the aims of economic security and statecraft policies. Helen has developed a rigorous framework to guide policymakers through these issues to find policies that can drive prosperity and add to regional deterrence and influence that will help Australia manage threats and develop new energy and technology systems. Helen’s framework helps policymakers to identify and calibrate policies that move Australia towards desired economic security outcomes and find off-ramps away from unintended consequences or dangerous outcomes.

Publications

Helen Mitchell, “Unlocking economic security: A strategic playbook for Australia,” United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, March 2024. Available at: https://www.ussc.edu.au/unlocking-economic-security-a-strategic-playbook...

Mitchell, Helen, A Modern Economic Statecraft Framework (August 22, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4548008 or http://dx.doi.org.virtual.anu.edu.au/10.2139/ssrn.4548008

Mixing the carrots with the sticks: third party punishment and reward; Nikiforakis, Nikos; Mitchell, Helen. Experimental Economics 17, 1–23 (2014). https://doi-org.virtual.anu.edu.au/10.1007/s10683-013-9354-z

Equality, well-being and the work of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; Ross Garnaut, Warwick J McKibbin, Barry Eichengreen, Bruce Kaufman, Robert Dixon, Deborah A Cobb-Clark, Ian McDonald, Helen Mitchell, Kevin Davis, Angela Paladino, Robert Officer. https://scholar-google-com.virtual.anu.edu.au/citations?view_op=view_cit...

Scholarships and fellowships

Sir Roland Wilson Scholarship

Employment history

Helen is an economist and former diplomat, currently one of a cadre of senior experts providing strategic advice to the Prime Minister and rest of government. She is also the inaugural Non-Resident Fellow for Economic Security at the United States Studies Centre. Helen previously worked at Treasury and served Australia in New York, South Africa and Mexico with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is trained in analytical tradecraft and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
HC Coombs Building 9 Fellows Road The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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