Pieter Vanhuysse

Pieter Vanhuysse
Senior Fellow of Business and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science and Public Management


PhD (LSE) Professor Pieter Vanhuysse is a Full Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) at SDU.

He is also founding Board Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (CPOP-SAMF). He holds degrees from the University of Leuven (MA in economics; Certificate in philosophy) and the London School of Economics (MSc and PhD in government). Prior to joining SDU, he was Deputy Director and Director of Research at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, a United Nations-affiliated thinktank in Vienna.


Professor Pieter Vanhuysse has published widely in political sociology, political demography and political economy, focusing on welfare states, public policies, demographic change, sustainability and intergenerational relations and justice, and quality education and human capital (SDGs 4, 10, and 16). He has (co-)authored over 40 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and over 50 chapters, policy briefs and research reports. His book Divide and Pacify: Political Protests and Strategic Social Policies in Post-Communist Democracies (2006) was nominated for the Political Sociology Best Book Award by the American Sociological Association. He has also co-edited Aging Populations in Post-Industrial Democracies (2012) and Post-Communist Welfare Pathways (2009); a co-edited book on Global Political Demography is forthcoming in 2021.

Academic impact: >2200 citations, H-index=25, i-10 Index=42 (Google Scholar)

For more information about his publications, please refer to the following links:

Scholar page

Research profile at ERC Demography, Ethics & Public Policy

IMPACTS (policy):

Beyond academic citations and invited lectures at over 40 institutes of higher learning, Pieter has spoken and consulted widely to ministries and policymaking communities, including the Obama White House (Office of the Vice President), three European Commission Vice-Presidents, a High-Level Policy Summit on Responses to Sustainability, the European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the Canadian Parliament, a Population Europe and Max Planck Society Brussels High-Level Expert Meeting, the Inter-American Conference on Social Security, the IBM International Social Sector Forum, UNICEF, the Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Indicators program, the International Social Security Association, the United Nations Office in Vienna, the Lithuanian parliament, the Slovak Social Ministry, the Austrian ministries of Finance and Social Affairs, and the Global Economic Symposium.

IMPACTS (social):

Pieter’s 4 contributions to The Conversation UK have attracted over 48,000 cumulative readers. Pieter has also written articles for and given interviews to newspapers and media outlets incl. BBC World Service, Belgian, Austrian and Lithuanian TV, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, The Independent, De Standaard, World Economic Forum (2), Dansk Politologisk Ã…rbog (4), Der Standard, and Format.

In addition, his research was covered in 150+ press entries incl. by Washington Post, OECD Insights, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Huffington Post, TAZ, die Welt, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, die Zeit, Handelszeitung, Lithuanian TV, Lithuanian News Agency, Baltic News Service, Austrian TV, Danish radio, Ny Viden (2), Mandagmorgen, Magisterbladet, Nordschleswiger Tageszeitung, Information.dk, Kristelight Dagblad, Finans.dk and Videnskab.dk.

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