Harlan Koff is Professor of Social Sciences-Migration Studies at the University of Luxembourg since March 2013. From 2006 to 2013, he was Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Science Institute. He currently holds the GAMMA Chair in Regional Integration and Sustainability at the Instituto de Ecología (INECOL, Mexico), he is Fellow at the West Africa Institute (Praia, Cabo Verde) and Docent of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki (Finland). Dr. Koff is also founding President of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC), co-editor of the journal Regions & Cohesion (Berghahn Journals: https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/regions-and-cohesion/regions-and-cohesion-overview.xml) as well as co-coordinator (with Lauri Siitonen, University of Helsinki) of RISC’s working group on “Development, Equity and Policy Coherence.”
Before coming to the University of Luxembourg, Dr. Koff was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Université de Lille 1, Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) at Duke University (USA) and his B.A. at the State University of New York at Binghamton (USA).
Harlan Koff is authorized to direct research (supervision of Ph.D. disserations, postdoctoral scholars and visiting fellows). His fields of research include comparative regional integration, sustainable development, comparative migration politics, comparative border politics, human rights and water politics. He is author of Fortress Europe or a Europe of Fortresses?: The Integration of Migrants in Western Europe (2008) and editor/co-editor of Environmental Security in Transnational contexts: What Relevance for Regional Security Regimes? (co-editor with Carmen Maganda (2018)), Theorizing Borders Through Analyses of Power relationships (co-editor with Peter Gilles, Carmen Maganda and Christian Schulz (2013)), Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas : Power, Time and Space, (2009), Perspectivas Comparativas de Liderazgo (co-editor with Carmen Maganda (2010)), Deceiving (Dis)Appearances: Analyzing Current Developments in European and North American Border Regions (2007) and Migrant Integration in European Cities (2003). Dr. Koff also coordinates a book series entitled Regional Integration and Social Cohesion for P.I.E.-Peter Lang (Brussels) and he is member of the editorial boards of the journals Estudios Políticos and Revista de Paz y Conflictos . Finally he has published articles in internationally recognized peer reviewed journals, such as: Globalizations, European Journal of Development Research , Journal of Boderlands Studies , Water International , International Migration , Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , Ethnopolitics , Estudios Políticos , Déviance et Société , The Journal of European Integration , Italian Politics , Migraciones Internacionales , Revista de Paz y Conflictos, and The Journal of Health and Human Resources Administration , as well as numerous book chapters in English, Spanish, Italian and French.
Dr. Koff’s research presently focuses on international development through the lens of policy coherence for sustainable development (PCD). He coordinates research on PCD and ecosystem integrity within the GAMMA (Use of Big Data and Machine Learning for the Integrality of Environmental Management of Sustainable Development) Research Project coordinated by INECOL and CONABIO in Mexico. His research also examines PCD within the context of water politics, migration politics and payments for ecological services.