Prof. Dr. Harlan Koff

Harlan Koff

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Forschungsthemen Comparative regional integration, International development, Political economy , Sustainable development
Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Erziehungswissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften
Department Fachbereich Geographie und Raumplanung
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E02 25-360
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 6270

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: 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 StudiesEthnopolitics , Estudios PolíticosDéviance 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.

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See detailBorder integration in different world regions: benefitting communities or territories?
Koff, Harlan

in Zarate, Carlos; Aponte, Jorge; Victorino, Nicolas (Eds.) Fronteras sin muros ni hegemonías: encuentros entre la Amazonia, América y Europa (2023)

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See detailLos pagos por servicios ambientales en la Ciudad de México: un enfoque de coherencia de políticas públicas
Cetina Arenas, Lucero; Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; Almeida-Leñero, Lucía Oralia

in Región y Sociedad (2022), 34

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See detailNormative Coherence for Development and Regionalism: Gender equality in ASEAN’s migration policies
Häbel, Sandra; Koff, Harlan; Adam, Marie

in Development Policy Review (2022)

See detailPoverty and sustainable development governance
Koff, Harlan

in Russel, Duncan; Kirsop-Taylor, Nick (Eds.) Handbook on the Governance of Sustainable Development (2022)

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See detailHow green are our laws? Presenting a normative coherence for sustainable development methodology
Koff, Harlan; Challenger, Antony; Ros Cuellar, Julia; Aguilar Orea, Rafael; Lara Lopez, Maria del Socorro

in Environmental Policy and Governance (2022)

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See detailUnified, Labeled, and Semi-Structured Database of Pre-Processed Mexican Laws
Martinez-Seis, Bella; Pichardo-Lagunas, Obdulia; Koff, Harlan; Equihua, Miguel; Perez-Maqueo, Octavio; Hernández-Huerta, Arturo

in Data (2022), 7(91),

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See detailNormative coherence for development – What relevance for responsive regionalism?
Koff, Harlan; Häbel, Sandra

in Development Policy Review (2021)

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See detailAddressing seeming paradoxes by embracing them: small state theory and the integration of migrants
Kolnberger, Thomas; Koff, Harlan

in Comparative Migration Studies (2021), 9

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See detailAddressing COVID through PCD: policy coherence for vulnerability in development and its relationship to the coronavirus pandemic
Moldes-Anaya, Sergio; Koff, Harlan; da Porto, Angelica; Lipovina, Tara

in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (2021)

See detailMigration Security
Searle, Martin; Koff, Harlan

in Tan, See Sang; Christiansen, Thomas; Kirchner, Emil (Eds.) The European Union’s Security Relations with Asian Powers (2021)

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See detailBarriers and Borders: Human Mobility and Building Inclusive Societies
Graham, Suzanne; Koff, Harlan

in Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (2020), 47(4), 2-5

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See detailPerpetuating Crises at the Source?: (Inter)Regionalism and Normative Incoherence for Sustainable Migration in Africa
Koff, Harlan

in Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (2020), 47(4), 1-22

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See detailTen years of re-thinking regions from citizens’ perspectives
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; De Lombaerde, Philippe; Kauffer, Edith; Ros Cuellar, Julia

in Regions & Cohesion (2020), 10(3), -

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See detailTransboundary water diplomacy among small states: a giant dilemma for Central American regionalism
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; Kauffer, Edith

in Water International (2020)

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See detailOutside-In region-building: The role of border integration zones in Andean regional integration
Koff, Harlan

in Nadalutti, Elisabetta; Kallscheuer, Otto (Eds.) Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation: New Evidence from Four Continents (2018)

See detailThe EU-Japan Security Dialogue and Migration: A Search for Common Ground
Koff, Harlan; Akashi, Jun'ichi; Okabe, Midori

in Kirchner, Emil; Dorussen, Han (Eds.) EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Trends and Prospects (2018)

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See detailThe Social Impacts of Informal Sectors in Border Regions: Cross-regional Perspectives
Koff, Harlan; Du Bry, Travis

in Journal of Borderlands Studies (2016)

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See detailEnvironmental Security in Transnational Contexts: What Relevance for Regional Human Security Regimes?
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen

in Globalizations (2016), 13(6), 653-663

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See detailThe EU and The Human Right to Water and Sanitation: Normative Coherence as the Key to Transformative Development
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen

in European Journal of Development Research (2016), 28(1), 91-110

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See detail“Cross-border environmental peace” in development contexts: the convergence of peace with de-territorialized development
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; Conde, Gilberto

in Revista de Paz y Conflictos (2016), 9(1), 7-16

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See detailAnalyzing the Dynamics of Inter-state water peace: A study of the Huitzilapan-Xalapa Water Transfers
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; Ruelas, Laura

in Revista de Paz y Conflictos (2016), 9(2), 59-83

See detailExploring the Migration-Security-Development Nexus: A Caparison of Chinese and EU Migration Policies
Koff, Harlan; Meng-Hsuan, Chou; Van Dongen, Els

in Kirchner, Emil; Christiansen, Thomas; Dorussen, Han (Eds.) Security Relations Between the European Union and China: From Convergence to Cooperation? (2016)

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See detailUrban Air Makes Who Free? Immigration and Urban Citizenship in Contemporary Europe
Koff, Harlan

in Pauly, Michel; Lee, Alexander (Eds.) Urban liberties and citizenship from the Middle Ages up to now (2015)

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See detailInformal Economies in European and American Cross-border Regions
Koff, Harlan

in Journal of Borderlands Studies (2015), 30(4), 469-487

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See detailAgainst the current: transboundary water management in small states on two continents
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen

in WATER INTERNATIONAL (2015), 40(2), 231-250

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See detailBack to the Future?: Intra-regional Migration and Development in West Africa
Koff, Harlan

in Boesen, Elisabeth; Marfaing, Laurence (Eds.) Nomades et migrants dans l’espace Sahara-Sahel: Mobilité, ressources et développement (2014)

See detailWater Security in Cross-Border Regions: What Relevance for Federal Human Security Regimes?
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen

in Garrick, Dustin; Anderson, George; Connell, Daniel; Pittock, Jamie (Eds.) Federal Rivers: Managing Water in Multi-layered Political Systems (2014)

See detailLiving on the Edge: Migration, Citizenship and The Renegotiation of Social Contracts in European Border Regions
Koff, Harlan; Naranjo Giraldo, Gloria Elena

in Fauri, Francesca (Ed.) Emigration from and to Europe: a multidisciplinary long-term view (2014)

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See detailTheorizing Borders Through Analyses of Power relationships.
Gilles, Peter; Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; Schulz, Christian

Book published by PIE-Peter Lang (2013)

See detailComparing the 'A, B, C'S' of social cohesion across world regions: Association, Belonging and Change
Koff, Harlan

in Moore, Candice (Ed.) Regional Integration and Social Cohesion: Perspectives from the Developing World (2013)

See detailPutting “Power” into Borderlands Studies: “Bringing the State Back In”
Koff, Harlan

in Gilles, Peter; Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen; Schulz, Christian (Eds.) Theorizing Borders Through Analyses of Power Relationships (2013)

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See detailRegions & Cohesion
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen

in Regions & Cohesion (2012)

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See detailUnderstanding 'La Contagion': Power, Exclusion and Urban Violence in France and the United States
Koff, Harlan


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See detailThe 2005 Riots in France: The International Impact of Domestic Violence
Koff, Harlan; Duprez, Dominique


See detailPerspectivas Comparativas del Liderazgo: RISC 2008
Koff, Harlan; Maganda, Carmen

Book published by Peter Lang (2009)

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See detailA comparison of the political demonstrations in France and the US in 2005-2006
Koff, Harlan

in Déviance et Société (2006), 30(4), 449-461

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See detailThe outsider: Prejudice and politics in Italy.
Koff, Harlan


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