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Pieter Vanhuysse

Department of Political Science and Public Management

Phone: +45 65504482

Research interests: Economic and political demography, comparative social policy, welfare state studies, comparative political economy. 

Pieter Vanhuysse is professor of politics and public policy at the Department of Political Science and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, and a founding Board Member of CPoP at SAMF. He is also Senior Fellow of Social Science of the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS), and a Population Europe expert.Pieter 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.

Pieter has published widely (>2,300 citations, H-index= 26, i-10 Index= 44) on topics ranging from welfare states and public policies to intergenerational resource transfers, political demography, pension politics, intergenerational justice, and quality education and human capital investment (SDGs 4, 10, and 16). 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. Pieter has also co-edited Aging Populations in Post-Industrial Democracies (2012) and Post-Communist Welfare Pathways (2009; Chinese version fc. 2020). A co-edited book on Global Political Demography is forthcoming in 2021 with Palgrave.

Beyond academic impact, Pieter aims to translate his theory-driven research into policy impact. He has spoken and consulted widely to ministries and policymaking communities, including, notably a two-hour private consultation at the Obama White House (Office of the Vice President), and invitations to speak to audiences including European Commission Vice-Presidents, the Prime Minister of Israel and the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, a High-Level Policy Summit on Responses to Sustainability, the European Environmental and Sustainable Development Advisory Council, a Max Planck Society Brussels High-Level Expert Meeting, the Inter-American Conference on Social Security, UNICEF, the International Social Security Association, the United Nations Office in Vienna, the Canadian and Lithuanian parliaments, the Slovak Social Ministry, and the Austrian ministries of Finance and Social Affairs.

In terms of wider societal impact, Pieter’s multiple contributions to the World Economic Forum, The Conversation, The Independent and the National Interest have attracted over 55,000 cumulative readers to date. 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, De Standaard (3), Dansk Politologisk Årbog (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 News Agency, Baltic News Service, Danish radio, Ny Viden (2), Mandagmorgen, Magisterbladet, Nordschleswiger Tageszeitung,, Kristelight Dagblad, and (3).