PhD, University of Cambridge
Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy
Associate Director of the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education Program
HKUST IEMS Faculty Associate

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Area of Expertise

Demography, Aging, Population Policy


Prof Gietel-Basten’s 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.

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 (co-written with Danny Dorling) was published. He is also a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and China Daily.

Selected papers and publications

  • Dorling, D. and Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2017*) Why Demography Matters Cambridge: Polity

  • Wang, F., Cai, Y, Shen, K. and Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2017*)  Numbers, Politics, and Legacies of China’s One-Child Policy.Demography

  • 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 of Public Health

  • Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2016) Why Brexit? The toxic mix of immigration and austerity. Population and Development Review  42(4): 673-680

  • Scherbov,S., Sanderson, W. and Basten, S.A. (2016) Better way to measure ageing in East Asia that takes life expectancy into account. Australasian Journal of Ageing  35(2):139-42

  • 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

  • Coleman, D.A. and Basten, S.A. (2015) The demographic marginalization of the West: A less apocalyptic view. Population Studies  69(s1): s107-s118

  • 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

  • Basten, S.A., and Crespo Cuaresma, J. (2014). ‘Modelling the macroeconomic impact of future trajectories of educational development in Least Developed Countries. International Journal of Educational Development  36(2014): 44-50