Stuart Basten studied history and demography at the University of Cambridge (BA 2002; MPhil 2004; PhD 2008). During this time, he held short-term positions in Poland, Slovakia, Italy and the United States. Following postdoctoral positions in demography at St. John’s College , Oxford and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, he was awarded a ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant by the UK Economic and Social Research Council in 2012. In 2013, he was appointed University Lecturer in Social Policy and a research fellow of Green Templeton College.
He is also an Associate Member of Nuffield College; non-stipendiary lecturer in demography at St. John’s College; Research Fellow at the Risk Society and Policy Research Centre, National University of Taiwan, an Associate Research Fellow at the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and honorary professor of sociology at the Beijing Administrative College.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Higher Education Academy.
He is currently chair of the Asian Population Association Scientific Committee, convenor for fertility of the European Population Conference, strand organiser for fertiltiy and reproductive health for the British Society for Population Studies and editor of the series Studies in European Population published by Springer under the auspices of the European Association for Population Studies.
Along with Professor Francesco Billari, he co-founded and is the editor of openpop.org, one of the world's leading collaborative blogs on population issues.