Luk Van Langenhove studied psychology and criminology at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) where he also obtained his Ph.D. in 1981. He started his career as a researcher at VUB and became Deputy Secretary-General of the Belgian federal ministry of Science Policy in 1992. In October 2001 he was appointed founding Director of UNU-CRIS, the Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies of the United Nations University in Bruges. From 2008 until 2010 he acted as Vice-President of the International Social Sciences Council.
Since March 2016 he is Research professor at the Institute of European Studies (VUB) as the Scientific Coordinator of the EL-CSID project under the Horizon 2020 programme. This project studies the potentials of science and cultural diplomacy for the EU’s policies.
He has published widely on regional integration, international relations as well as on social sciences theory, positioning theory and psychology. Recent books include De Opmars van de Regio's (Die Keure, 2014), Building Regions (Ashgate, 2011), People and Societies (Routledge, 2010) and Innovating the Social Sciences (Passagen Verlag, 2007)
Recent publications in journals include European Integration, International Spectator, Review of International Studies and Nature.