Forum Experts

Stuart Gietel Basten

Stuart Gietel Basten

Professor, Division of Public Policy and Division of Social Science, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Previously Gietel-Basten was Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He has also been an adviser in Population and Development at the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology and a Research Scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.

Prof Gietel-Basten’s research covers the links between population and policy, with a regional focus on Asia and on the interaction between population dynamics and social policy in a variety of low- and middle-income countries. In particular, he is interested in the emergence of low fertility and the consequences of this in terms of population ageing and growth. He has been published in a number of major journals in demography and other social science subjects. In 2017, his first book, Why Demography Matters (Polity Press, co-written with Danny Dorling) was published. In 2018, he edited Family Demography in Asia (Elgar). His third book, The Population Problem’ in Pacific Asia (Oxford University Press) will be published in mid-2019.

2008 PhD in Historical Demography, University of Cambridge, UK

2002 BA wit honor in History, University of Cambridge, UK