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HKUST LAPP Distinguished Lecture:"Why Demography Matters for Hong Kong and Beyond" and Book Launch

HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education

Monday, 4 December 2017 from 15:00 to 17:30 (HKT)

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A public lecture and book launch proudly organized by HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education (LAPP) 

WHY DEMOGRAPHY MATTERS FOR HONG KONG AND BEYOND 

DATE:    4 December 2017, Monday
TIME:     15:00 - 17:30
VENUE: 15/F The Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Hong Kong

After the lecture, Professor Gietel-Basten will launch his new book Why Demography Matters (co-authored with Professor Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford). Light refreshment will be provided.

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15:00 - 16:30 : Public Lecture "Why Demography Matters for Hong Kong and Beyond"

16:30 - 17:30 : Book Launch "Why Demography Matters"

 


Abstract:

Demographic change is often presented as an endless series of challenges and problems. In Hong Kong, the birth rates are usually described as too low; the population is ageing too quickly; even though there are chronic labour shortages in certain industries, migration remains a very sensitive subject. In this lecture, however, Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten will argue that this negative, reactive view of demographic change is not only unhelpful, but it can paralyse our thinking about the future. Rather seeing these as ‘problems to be fixed’, seeing these demographic concerns as reflections of bigger social, economic and cultural issues allows us to take a more rational view of the present and the future. In turn, this allows us to build a better future for us all. In other words, demography is not destiny.  


About the Speaker and Author:

Professor Stuart GIETEL-BASTEN
Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy
Associate Director of the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten is Associate Director of the Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education Program and Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining HKUST in 2017 he was Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2008.

His research covers the links between population and policy in Asia. In particular, his work explores the emergence of low fertility across the region, and the consequences of this in terms of population ageing.

His research has been published in a number of major journals in demography and other social science disciplines. He is also a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and China Daily.

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HKUST Business Central, 15/F Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central

Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong SAR China

Monday, 4 December 2017 from 15:00 to 17:30 (HKT)


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HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education

The HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Program (LAPP) is designed for senior executives and those who aspire to become the next generation of leaders to better serve society. Our executive education programs consist of thematic series of small seminars to enable deep and candid discussions in an intimate setting, and are based on the combined strengths of HKUST, Oxford, and expertise in the region and around the world. We emphasize critical thinking, analytical frameworks, comparative and international perspectives, and evidence-based approaches to policy issues. Areas we cover range from local and global economies to social development, governance, science and technology, and leadership. We also host open forums that encourage members of the public to join in the debate. 


 

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