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Associate Director, Leadership & Public Policy Executive Education
Professor, Institute for Public Policy
Professor, Division of Social Science

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PhD, University of Cambridge



  • Demography
  • Population policy
  • Ageing policy
  • Family policy
  • Health policy



Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten is Associate Director of the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education Program and Associate Professor of Department of Social Science and Institute for Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining HKUST in 2017 he was Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2008. His research covers the links between population and policy in Asia. In particular, his work explores the emergence of low fertility across the region, and the consequences of this in terms of population ageing. His research has been published in a number of major journals in demography and other social science disciplines. He is also a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and China Daily.



  • Dorling, D. and Gietel-Basten, S. (2017) Why Demography Matters. Cambridge: Polity Press (In press, publication date December 2017)
  • Wang, F., Cai, Y, Shen, K. and Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2017*) Is Demography Just a Numerical Exercise? Numbers, Politics, and Legacies of China’s One-Child Policy. Demography
  • Basten, S.A. and Jiang, Q. (2015) Fertility in China: An uncertain future. Population Studies 69(s1):s07-s105
  • Basten, S.A. and Verropoulou, G. (2015) A re-interpretation of the ‘two-child norm’ in post-transitional demographic systems: Fertility intentions in Taiwan. PLOSOne, 10(8):e0135105
  • Basten, S.A. and Jiang, Q. (2015) Fertility in China: An uncertain future. Population Studies 69(s1):s07-s105
  • Basten, S.A. and Jiang, Q. (2014) China’s family planning policies: Recent reforms and future challenges. Studies in Family Planning 45(4):493-509
  • Ding, X., Billari, F. and Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2017*) Economic development, income inequality, health infrastructure and health among Chinese midlife and older adults. International Journal 3 of Public Health
  • Gietel-Basten, S.A., Scherbov, S. and Sanderson, W. (2017*) Towards a reconceptualising of population ageing in Emerging Markets. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research
  • Freeman, E., Ma, X., Yan, P. and Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2017*) The role of gender, individualization and risk in shaping fertility preferences in Taiwan. Asian Population Studies
  • Li, Y., Jiang, Q., Gietel-Basten, S.A. and Li, S. (2017*) Effect of sex composition of children on the gender of next birth in the context of low fertility in rural China. China Population and Development Review
  • Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2016) Why Brexit? The toxic mix of immigration and austerity. Population and Development Review 42(4): 673-680