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Pieter Vanhuysse, PhD (LSE) is Full Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) of the University of Southern Denmark. He is also Senior Fellow of Social Science of the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (D-IAS) and founding Board Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences (CPOP-SAMF). Pieter has published widely in political sociology, political demography and political economy, focusing on welfare states, public policies, demographic change, sustainability and intergenerational justice, and quality education and human capital (SDGs 4, 10, and 16).

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.


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

Pieter 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.


IMPACTS (social):

Pieter's 4 contributions to The Conversation UK have attracted 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 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 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.


10/2003: PhD in Government, without amendments (London School of Economics, UK)

10/1997: MSc in European Politics and Policy (London School of Economics, UK)

06/1996: Master (Licence) in Economics, summa cum laude, first of the year (University of Leuven, Belgium)


Comparative welfare state: Comparing social policies, institutions, and policy effects in OECD Comparative political Economy : Explaining effects of politics on socio-economic outcomes, and of social and institutional structures on policies (e.g. population change, electoral cycles) Political Sociology/Political Demography: Explaining complex interactions of politics and policies with larger societal trends, notably demographic change 


Research areas


Political sociology, Political demography, Sustainable governance/policies, Comparative political economy, Comparative social policy


SDGs 4, 10, and 16, Intergenerational justice in public policy, quality education and human capital, Macro-social sustainability and resilience, Generational politics, relations, and policies, Demographic change

Education/Academic qualification

Government, MSc and PhD, London School of Economics

Award Date: 3. Oct 2013

Economics, BA degree 4 years, University of Leuven

Award Date: 30. Jun 1996

Research areas

  • Welfare State
  • Social Policy
  • Politics and Economics of Education
  • Democracy and Power
  • Welfare State Reforms
  • Youth Participation
  • Democracy Notion

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Research Output

Join to prosper? An empirical analysis of EU membership and economic growth

Andersen, T. B., Barslund, M. & Vanhuysse, P., 1. May 2019, In : Kyklos. 72, 2, p. 211-238

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • 55 Downloads (Pure)

    Pro-Elderly Welfare States within Child-Oriented Societies

    Gál, R. I., Vanhuysse, P. & Vargha, L., 2018, In : Journal of European Public Policy. 25, 6, p. 944-958

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 174 Downloads (Pure)

    Are Future Bureaucrats More Prosocial?

    Tepe, M. & Vanhuysse, P., Dec 2017, In : Public Administration. 95, 4, p. 957-975

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Intergenerational Justice in Aging Societies: A Cross-national Comparison of 29 OECD Countries

    Vanhuysse, P., 2013, Gutersloh: Bertelsmann Stiftung. 64 p. (Sustainable Governance Indicators).

    Research output: Monograph/anthology/thesis/reportReportResearch

  • Activities

    White House consultation, Office of the Vice President

    Pieter Vanhuysse (Lecturer)
    4. Feb 2016

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    European Commission High-Level Policy Summit on Europe’s Response to Sustainability Challenges

    Pieter Vanhuysse (Panel member)
    20. Dec 2016

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

    Consultation with the Ambassador and the First Consul of Belgium in Denmark

    Pieter Vanhuysse (Organizer)
    7. Apr 2016

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Polish Ambassador to Denmark, lecture on 'Poland in the EU'

    Pieter Vanhuysse (Organizer)
    26. Oct 2016

    Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

    Press / Media

    BBC World Service

    Pieter Vanhuysse


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Hjerneflugten fra øst har skabt et A- og B-hold i EU

    Pieter Vanhuysse


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Teaching & Supervision