Despite their strategic place and role in Europe, the Balkans comprise a region the demography of which – in the broad sense of the term – has attracted relatively little attention. It is also a region where changes that occurred in the last twenty years have been so profound that all aspects of its environment have been radically affected. In the effort to fill this knowledge gap, eight demographers decided to form a network in 1996 (DEMOBALK- Demography of the Balkans). In 2007, the network was transformed into an international association under Greek law
DEMOBALK aims to:
- Stimulate cooperation between scientists and institutions working on population issues in the Balkans.
- Promote the exchange of documentation and information.
- Set up a national and regional demographic database.
- Stimulate research and comparative studies.
- Assess the consequences of demographic trends and alert institutions to the dangers and risks.
- Organize scientific meetings.
- Disseminate the most interesting research findings.
Coordination: Laboratory of Demographic and Social Analysis (LDSA), Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece