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Stuart Gietel-Basten

Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

I joined HKUST in 2017 as Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy. I have a joint appointment between the Division of Social Science in the School of Humanities and Social Science and the Division of Public Policy under the Interdisciplinary Programs Office. Prior to joining HKUST I was Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford.

My research covers the links between population and policy, with a regional focus on Asia. In particular, I am interested in the emergence of low fertility across the region, and the consequences of this in terms of population ageing and growth.

My research has been published in a number of major journals in demography and other social science subjects. In 2017, my first book, Why Demography Matters (co-written with Danny Dorling) was published. I am also a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and China Daily.

At HKUST I teach undergraduate courses in demography and social science research methods, while at the graduate level I teach public policy research methods. I have also organized Executive Education courses in public policy on the topics of ageing and future policy planning.

I am Associate Director of the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education Program and a Faculty Associate of the Institute of Emerging Market Studies.

Along with Professor Francesco Billari, he co-founded and is the editor of, one of the world's leading collaborative blogs on population issues.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Social Policy, University of Oxford


  • 2008 
    University of Cambridge, PhD