The mission of the Consortium for Comparative Research on Regional Integration and Social Cohesion (RISC) is to promote the comparative examination of the human and environmental impacts of various aspects of regional integration across geographic areas and time periods through the creation of a cross-regional and interdisciplinary network. Moreover, the research conducted through this consortium could eventually support social action projects in local communities through improved understanding of evolving political and economic context.


Create new programs of comparative research through the establishment of interregional networks. Promote intellectual exchange between researchers in different continents through multilingual activities Establish new publication opportunities. Support exchanges of professors and researchers. Facilitate the mobility of Ph.D. candidates. Provide a support structure for applications for external research funding


The RISC Consortium was established in November 2007 when the directors of socially conscious research institutes from Europe, North America and South America met in Luxembourg to participate in a conference on “Social Cohesion in Europe and the Americas.” Since that time, the consortium has expanded its membership into Africa and consolidated its scientific activities through annual international conferences, a book series, a new scientific journal, thematic workshops/symposium and grants for young scholars. The RISC Consortium plans to support policy-relevant research and training in the near future.


Scientific Committee

Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

University of Victoria, Canada


Dr. Suzanne Graham 

Department of Politics, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Dr. Edith Kauffer

CIESAS Sureste, Mexico


Dr. Carmen Maganda 

INECOL, Mexico


Dr. Harlan Koff

Unité de Recherche, IPSE, Université du Luxembourg


Dr. Anja Nygren

Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland


Dr. Juan Carlos Velez Rendon

IEP, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia



Dr. Harlan Koff 

Unité de Recherche IPSE, Université du Luxembourg.



Prof. Suzanne Graham 

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 


 Executive Director

Prof. Vicky Graham

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 


 Consortium Secretary

Ms. Rae Israel

Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 



ART-DEV Laboratoire Acteurs, Ressources, Territoires dans le Développement

Université Montpellier 3, France


Center of Sudies on Regional Integration and Southern African Development Community Law (CEDIR)

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) Región Centro


Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS)



Centre for Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)

University of Pretoria, South Africa


Department of Anthropology

University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Department of Politics

University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Department of Political and Economic Studies

University of Helsinki, Finland


Escuela de Ciencias y Humanidades

Universidad EAFIT, Colombia

Faculty of Social and Health Sciences

Monash University South Africa, South Africa


Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS)



Instituto de Ecología (INECOL)


Instituto de Estudios Políticos (IEP)

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia


Instituto de Estudios Regionales (INER)

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia


Luxembourg Institute of Socio-economic Research (LISER)


Local Government Institute

University of Victoria, Canada


Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Ohio State University, USA


Núcleo de Estudos da Cidadania, Conflito e Violência Urbana (NECVU)

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

School of Human Evolution & Social Change

Arizona State University, USA


Unité de Recherche IPSE

Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg


West Africa Institute

Cabo Verde