Tim Judah

Journalist at The Economist

Tim Judah is a journalist and author and covers the Balkans and other regions as a correspondent for The Economist. He has worked for many major publications and broadcasters, notably writing wartime reportage from Afghanistan to Ukraine for the New York Review of Books.

He is the author of three books on the Balkans—The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, Kosovo: War & Revenge and Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know—and published a book on the conflict in Ukraine – In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine in 2016. From 1990 to 1991, Judah lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. After that, he moved to Belgrade for both publications in order to cover the war in Yugoslavia. He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel to the region frequently.

In 2009 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at LSEE, the south-east Europe research unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the ‘Yugosphere’. In 2018-19 he was a fellow of the Europe’s Futures project of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna and researched demography and depopulation in central and eastern Europe and the Balkans. A series of articles has been published as a result on Reporting Democracy, as well as articles in The Economist and elsewhere. He is the president of the Board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and also president of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative (IKS).

Photo: © Christian Fischer / IWM

Last profile update: 9 February 2021

Published articles

Czech Demography: Westward Ahoy!

Why Czechia is bucking the trends of all of the rest of former Communist Europe knows Tim Judah.

Slovakia is getting old fast.

Slovakia is not the only European country whose officials are struggling to work out how many people actually live there. Tim Judah took a closer look at the country's peculiarities.

Greece’s ticking demographic time bomb

Greece's demographic characteristics portray similarities with both, Western European countries and those in the Balkans.

‘Watch out!’

Poland’s population imponderables

Role model?

Slovenia’s rising population belies demographic woes.

Wildly wrong

North Macedonia’s population mystery

Moldova faces ‘existential’ population crisis.

With the worst demographic decline in Europe, Moldova is struggling to remain a ‘viable state’, says its foreign minister.

Bulgaria’s demographic turnaround?

Bulgaria writes new chapter in long story of demographic decline, observes Tim Judah.


Bosnia is powerless to halt demographic decline knows Tim Judah.

Montenegro’s downward spiral

Montenegro cannot count on bucking demographic trends.

Romania’s demographic tailspin

It heralds social change, says Tim Judah.

Albania’s ‘demographic dividend’

Albania’s population is still comparatively young and the number of its elderly relatively low —but that could change fast

Kosovo’s demographic destiny

Europe’s youngest state is not immune to the ageing and depopulation hollowing out societies across the Balkans.

‘Long-term stagnation’

Croatia faces an ongoing demographic decline.

‘Too late’

Serbia's demographic disaster can no longer be halted.

Bye-Bye, Balkans

Tim Judah about a region in critical demographic decline