Dr Christophe Schinckus

Lecturer in FinanceChristophe Schinckus

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0) 116 223 1788
  • Email: c.schinckus@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 319, Level 3, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: Monday: 11:00 am -12:00 noon


Christophe holds a PhD in Financial Economics (University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne) and he joined the School of Management at the University of Leicester as Lecturer in Finance in August 2011. His initial background is MSc in Business Engineering from the University of Liege. After graduating, he was awarded with an MA in Economics from the University of Paris I. He also holds a MA in Philosophy of Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain as well as a MSc in Financial Risk Management and a BSc in Computer Sciences. Between 2009 and 2011, Christophe had a postdoctoral fellowship in Canada (University of Quebec at Montreal). He was visiting scholar at the CPNSS at the London School of Economics between September 2011 and August 2012.

His research interest focuses on interdisciplinary in financial economics and more precisely on behavioral finance and econophysics (physics applied to finance). Christophe is also interested in the emergence of social\development impact bonds and how this financial innovation can contribute to society. He tries to use his philosophical background in order to propose some epistemological reflections about financial economics. For several years, Christophe has been a research consultant for private companies, such as JPMorgan, Suez Gaz de France etc. and he recently starts collaborating with African Development Bank.

Christophe is currently working on book on Econophysics (Oxford University Press) and he regularly publishes papers in journals in which he also has editorial\referee activities. He is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering (IJEME) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Concepts & Philosophy (IJMCP). Christophe is also guest editor for a special issue on econphysics in the International Review of Financial Analysis.

Since October 2012, Christophe has been involved in another PhD in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (supervisor: Dr Anna Alexandrova). The objective of this second PhD is to develop an epistemological perspective on his current work about econophysics.

Professional Memberships
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (September 2014).

Research Interests

Financial economics, Econophysics, Behavioural finance, Physics applied to Economics and Finance, Social Finance, Development Finance, Philosophy of Economics/Finance, Contemporary Philosophy of Sciences and Postmodernity, Ontology and Software Engineering.

Supervision Interests

Physics applied to Economics and Finance, Philosophy of Economics/Finance, Interfaces between finance and society: computerization of financial market sphere, financial marketing, international accounting conventions, financial innovation (social impact bonds and GDP related bonds).


  • International Finance and Globalisation (postgraduate and distance learning)
  • Finance and Society (postgraduate)
  • Foundations of Financial Analysis (postgraduate)
  • International Finance (undergraduate and distance learning)
  • Accountability and Financial Analysis (distance learning)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Management (distance learning)
  • Research Philosophy (PhD programme)

Administrative Responsibilities

Most Recent Publications

Refereed Journals
(2015), “The influence of the US market on herding behaviour in China”, [with Ziyao Luo], Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming.

(2015), “Herding Behaviour in asymmetric and extreme situations: the case of China”, [with Ziyao Luo], Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming.

(2014]) “Les influences de la science sur la poésie lettriste de Isidore Isou : Vers une nouvelle rationalisation de la poésie”, Epistemocritique, vol.14 (1), December 2014.

(2014), “The Optimal Hedge Ratio in Option Pricing: The case of Exponentially Truncated Levy Stable Distribution” [with Gigel Bucsa, Frank Jovanovic and Emmanuel Haven], Theoretical Economics Letters, vol.4 (9), 760-766.

(2014), “Stylized facts and Multiple Realizibility in Econophysics”, Result in Physics, vol.4, 135-136.

(2014) “The Econophysical turn and economic complexity”, Interdiscplinary Physics, Vol. 41, no 2.

(2014) “A Call for a Quantum Econophysics” in Kitto and Atmanspacher H. (eds), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer.

(2013) “Visual Finance” (with I. Christiansen), Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. vol.24, 173-194.

(2013) "The History of Econophysics as a New Approach in Modern Financial Theory" (with Franck Jovanovic), History Of Political Economy, vol. 45(3): 443-474.

(2013) “Econophysics : A New Challenge for Financial Economics ?” (with Franck Jovanovic). Journal of the History of Economic Thought, vol. 35 (3), 319 – 352.

(2013) “How to value GDP-linked collar bonds? An introductory perspective”, Theoretical Economics Letters. vol. 3, 152-155.

(2013) “How do Econophysicists make stable Levy Processes physically plausible”, Brazilian Journal of Physics, vol 43(4), 281-293.

(2013) “Econophysics, a new step in the evolution of physical sciences”, Contemporary Physics, vol.54, no1, 17-32.

(2013) “Between complexity of modelling and modelling of complexity: An essay on econophysics”, Physica A. vol. 392, 3654–3665.

(2013) “Towards a transdisciplinary econophysics" (with Franck Jovanovic), Journal of Economic Methodology, Vol.20 (2), 164-183.

(2012) “Critical Finance Studies: A manifesto for an interdisciplinary perspective” (with Th.Bay), Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics January, vol.24: 1-6.

(2012) “Financial Economics and Non-Representative Art”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics January 2012 24: 77-97.

(2012) "Agent-based econophysics and statistical econophysics", Quantitative Finance, 12:8, 1189-1192.

(2012) "When Physicists invade Economics", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 37 No. 2, June, 2012, 179–86.

(2012) “The Institutionalization of Econophysics in the shadow of physics”, Journal of the History of Economics Thought, March 2012 vol. 34, 109-130 (with Y. Gingras)

(2011) “Archeology of Behavorial Finance”, UIP Journal of Behavioral Finance, vol 4, no 1, 10-26.

(2011) “What can Econophysics contribute to Financial Economics?”, International Review of Economics, vol. 58, no2, 147–163.

(2011) “A unified econophysics for price return distributions”, Physica A, 390, 3435–3443 (with Gigel Bucsa and Franck Jovanovic).

(2011) “Art of Finance: When artists use financial economics as source of inspiration”, Leonardo (MIT-Press), Vol 44, no 3, 195-197.

(2011) “Financial Iconography”, British Journal of Arts and Social Sciences, vol. 3, no. 2, 193-203 (with Christiansen I.)

(2011) “Finance contemporaine et postmodernisme: l’expression d’un capitalisme tardif”, Journal of Philosophical Economics, vol. 5, no.1, 62-90.

(2011) “Considérations épistémologiques sur les conditions d’émergence de La Créatique chez Isidore Isou”,  EpistemoCritique, Vol.8, no 2, 1.

(2010) “Is Econophysics a new discipline? ”, Physica A, Vol. 389, 3814-3821.

(2010) “The importance of Communicative Rationality on Financial Markets”, Journal of Economic and Social Research, Vol 12(2), 2010, 119-144.

(2010) “A Reply to comment on Econophysics and Economics: Sister disciplines ?” in American Journal of Physics, Vol.78 (8), 789-791.

(2010) “Econophysics and Economics: Sister disciplines ?” in American Journal of Physics, Vol.78, n°4, 1-3.

(2010) “Semiotic Approach of Financial Marketplace” Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, Vol. 22, n°1, 317–333.

(2010) “Software Development Life Cycles Evolution: an Epistemological Approach” International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach, Vol. 3, n°1, 21-40 (with Y.Wautelet and M. Kolp).

(2009) “Economic Uncertainty and Econophysics », Physica A, Vol 388, n° 20, pp.4414-4423.

(2009) “Finance comportementale ou l’emergence d’un nouveau paradigme Paradigm », Revue d’Histoire des Sciences Humaines, n°20, Juin 2009.

(2008) “The Financial Simulacrum », Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol 73/3 – pp.1076-1089.

(2008) “A Modern Epistemological Reading of Agent Iterative Software Engineering”, International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies, Vol. 4, July-September (with Y.Wautelet and M. Kolp).

(2007) “Sur la pluridisciplinarité en Finance », Revue d’Economie Financière, Vol.83, Février.

(2007) “Rorty : Une critique davidsonienne du réalisme putnamien” in “Faut-il avoir peur du relativisme”, Revue Tracés ENS, Lyon, Février.

Contributions to Edited Books
(2012) “Économie, science et technologie“ (With Franck Jovanovic), in P.Doray and Gingras Y. (eds), « Les 100 mots du CIRST) Presses Universitaires du Quebec.

(2010) “L’expression de la postmodernité en Economie”, in Tumultes : Le Postmodernisme et après?, vol.34, Tomaz and Nollez-Goldbach (ed.), Editions Kimé-Université Diderot, Paris.

(2009) “A Modern Epistemological Reading of Agent Orientation”, in Vijayan Sugumaran (ed.), Methodological Advancements in Intelligent Information Technologies: Evolutionary Trends, New York, Information Science Press. (with Y.Wautelet and M. Kolp).

(2008) “Sur l’intertextualité du concept de risque”, in Le concept de risque à la croisée des disciplines. Cartuyvels Y., (ed.) (2008), Brussels, Facultés Universitaires St-Louis Press.

(2008) “Constructivisme et relativisme ou l’expression de la postmodernité dans les sciences sociales” in Epistemologie de la Sociologie, Jacquemain M. & Corcuff P, (ed.), (2008), Brussels, De Boek Press.

(2008) “Modèles mathématiques et schizophrénie épistémologique en finance” in Attentes d'un modèle mathématique pragmatisme de l'économie et contraintes de la théorie, Justens D. (ed.) (2008), Brussels, Ferrer Press.


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