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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, and 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).

>2150 citations, H-index=25, i-10 Index=43 (Google Scholar)


Beyond academic citations and invited lectures at over 35 institutes of higher learning, Pieter has spoken and consulted more widely to ministries and policymaking communities, including the Obama White House, the European Commission Vice-Presidents 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 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.


Pieter has (co-)authored over 35 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and over 45 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 2020. Academic impact: >2150 citations, H-index=25, i-10 Index=43 (Google Scholar)


Pieter has written articles for and given interviews to newspapers and media outlets incl. BBC World Service, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, The Independent, De Standaard, World Economic Forum (2), The Conversation UK (3), Dansk Politologisk Årbog (3), 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


Comparative social policy, Political sociology, Political demography, Comparative political economy


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

Economics, BA degree 4 years, University of Leuven

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 2000 2019

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

Economic growth
Empirical analysis
Economic Growth
72 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
welfare state
social security contributions
intergenerational transfers

Are Future Bureaucrats More Prosocial?

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

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
public service
public administration

A Vote at the Opera? The Political Economy of Public Theatres and Orchestras in the German States

Tepe, M. & Vanhuysse, P., 2014, In : European Journal of Political Economy. 36, p. 254-273

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


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: Book/anthology/thesis/reportReportResearch

national debt

Activities 2008 2019

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

Demography, generations and public policy

Pieter Vanhuysse


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Human Capital Politics and Policies :Investing in People

Pieter Vanhuysse


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Economic Principles and Politics

Pieter Vanhuysse


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Ethics and Public Policy

Pieter Vanhuysse


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching