DateSeptember 24, 2020 (Thursday)
Time16:00 - 17:30
SpeakerProf Stuart Gietel-Basten
ModeratorVictoria Caplan


About the Talk

In this talk, Professor Gietel--Basten will discuss his recent book, The Population Problem in Pacific Asia. This book is one of first to look in-depth at the issue of low fertility in Pacific Asia.  Considering  the whole region in context, there is also a focus on China, where he addresses such questions as , "why does the "two-child ideal" turn into a "one-child intention?" and  whether the two-child policy is Chinas "silver bullet".

A lively speaker, Prof Gietel Basten uses qualitative and quantitative data and examples from newspapers and other media to help us come to a better understanding of the so-called population problems in the region.

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  • HLTH1010 HKUST students may attain 1.5 hour credit for the Healthy Lifestyle Course after attending the seminar.
  • This event will be recorded using video and photography.

About the Speaker


Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten is the Director of the university’s Center for Aging Science; and is Associate Dean (Research) of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

His research covers the interplay between changing population dynamics and public and social policy. He is is especially interested in the fertility transition; conceptual approaches to ageing; and population policy. He is the co-ordinator of the GGS-Asia project, which seeks to run the Generations and Gender Survey in Asian settings – including Hong Kong.

He received his education at the University of Cambridge, with a PhD in historical demography. Before coming to HKUST, he was an Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He has also been an adviser in Population and Development at the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology and a Research Scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.


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