Dr Stuart Basten

Stuart Basten

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Associate Professor of Social Policy; Governing Body Fellow, Green Templeton College

Departmental Convenor of Graduate Research Students

Stuart Basten studied history and demography at the University of Cambridge (BA 2002; MPhil 2004; PhD 2008). During this time, he held short-term positions in Poland, Slovakia, Italy and the United States. Following postdoctoral positions in demography at St. John’s College , Oxford and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, he was awarded a ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant by the UK Economic and Social Research Council in 2012. In 2013, he was appointed University Lecturer in Social Policy and a research fellow of Green Templeton College.

He is also an Associate Member of Nuffield College; non-stipendiary lecturer in demography at St. John’s College; Research Fellow at the Risk Society and Policy Research Centre, National University of Taiwan, an Associate Research Fellow at the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and honorary professor of sociology at the Beijing Administrative College. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Higher Education Academy.

He is currently chair of the Asian Population Association Scientific Committee, convenor for fertility of the European Population Conference, strand organiser for fertiltiy and reproductive health for the British Society for Population Studies and editor of the series Studies in European Population published by Springer under the auspices of the European Association for Population Studies. 

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

In 2017 Stuart Basten is on research leave. He is visiting Associate Professor in Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Stuart's research interests focus on the interaction between population dynamics and social policy in Asia. He is currently involved in a number of research projects including a large scale project on fertility ideals and intentions in China and Taiwan (ESRC funded); a project aimed at designing a comprehensive population policy for Hong Kong SAR (HK-RGC funded) and a study of family formation under precarious circumstances in India, China and Europe (KONE Foundation funded). 

Please visit the Asia Family website for further details of the ESRC-funded project.

Stuart Basten's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Demographic research in East Asia
Social policy in developing countries
Fertility Change
Remeasuring and reconceptualising ageing


Enquiries from prospective doctoral students in the field of social policy and/or demography in developing and middle-income countries are very welcome.

Current DPhil Students