Biographical Statement 

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 as well as co-coordinator (with Lauri Siitonen, University of Helsinki) of RISC’s working group on “Development, Equity and Policy Coherence.”

Before working at 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 Master’s Degree (1997) and PhD (2002) at Duke University (USA) and his Bachelor’s Degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton (USA).

Dr. Koff’s research presently focusses 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.