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Associate Director's Message

Professor Stuart GIETEL-BASTEN
Associate Director of Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education
Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy
Divisions of Social Sciences and Public Policy
I am delighted to welcome you to the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education Program website.

Over the past years, the LAPP Program has developed into the premier training program for Hong Kong’s senior civil servants. It was an honour, then, for me to take on the role of Associate Director. Over the coming years we hope to see the LAPP Program develop, grow and diversify. We will be designing new, multisite training programs with both our existing premier international partner universities such as Oxford as well as new ones.
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. 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.
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.

My research interests:
  • Demography
  • Population policy
  • Ageing policy
  • Family policy
  • Health policy
Highlighted 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
  • Gietel-Basten, S.A. (2016) Theory and population forecasting. Asian Population Studies  12(1):1-3
  • 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
  • Coleman, D.A., Basten, S.A. and Billari, F. (2015) Population: The long view. Population Studies 69(s1): s1-s9
  • 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