Dr Christophe Schinckus

Associate Professor Christophe 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: TBC


Christophe (BSc, MA, MSc, PhD, SFHEA) 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 University of Liege. After graduating, he was awarded MA in Economics from the University of Paris I. He also holds a M.A. in Philosophy of Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain as well as a M.Sc. 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 is associate scholar at the University of Quebec at Montreal and University of St-Louis in Brussels. Between September 2011 and August 2012, he was visiting scholar at the CPNSS at the London School of Economics

Christophe presented more than 40 communications in conference and was invited to give lectures in UK (Cambridge), Canada, Europe, Thailand and Vietnam. He also was invited as keynote speaker for a NATO conference in 2013.

His research interest focuses on interdisciplinary in financial economics and more precisely on behavioral finance and econophysics (physics applied to finance). Christophe is the director of the new Econophysics Network created in 2016 at the School of Business. He 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 currently collaborates with African Development Bank.

In 2016, Christophe received funds RAD 165000 (approximatively £8000) from the NRF (National Research Foundation from the Government of South Africa) to work on the possibility of using social impact bonds to fund social projects to reduce unemployment of young adults. Christophe is also a Trustee of a British charity (Home Start, UK).

Christophe is currently finishing a book on Econophysics (Econophysics and Financial Economics: An Emerging Dialogue, Oxford University Press, forthcoming – with Franck Jovanovic).

Christophe 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 two journals: Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination (JEIC) and the International Journal of Management Concepts & Philosophy (IJMCP). He is also Member of Editorial board & Topic Editor for the Research in International Business and Finance (RIBAF). Christophe is also guest editor for a special issue on econophysics in the International Review of Financial Analysis (IRFA).

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
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.

PhD Supervision

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).

Christophe currently supervises the following research students: Dr Michael Lau MD, Ms Polina Khrennikova, Mr Sadegh Tajik and Mr Ryan Li.


  • 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 Roles

  • PhD Deputy Director

Most Recent Publications

Refereed Journals:

[2016]1996-2016: Two decades of econophysics: Between methodological diversification and conceptual coherence”, Special Topics issue 'Discussion & Debate: Can economics be a physical science? The European Physical Journal, forthcoming.

[2016] “Towards a new way of teaching statistics in Economics: The case of Econophysics” (with Cinla Akdere), Ekonomi TEK (journal of Turkish Economic Association Foundation), forthcoming.

[2016] “An elementary model of money circulation”, (with Vladimir Pokrovskii), Physica A, forthcoming.

[2016] “Essay on financial information in the era of computerization”, Journal of Information Technology, forthcoming.

[2016]“Pataphysics of Finance: An essay of visual epistemology”, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, forthcoming.

[2016]“Hayek and the use of physics in economics: Toward a progressive synthesis?”, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, forthcoming.

[2016] "On the usual misunderstandings between econophysics and finance: Some clarifications on modelling approaches and efficient market hypothesis", International Review of Financial Analysis, forthcoming, (with Marcel Ausloos and Franck Jovanovic].

[2016] “Efficient Market Hypothesis and Fraud on the Market Theory: A New Perspective for Class Actions”, Research in International Business and Finance, forthcoming. (with Franck Jovanovic and Stelios Andreadakis).

[2016] “A nuanced perspective on techne and episteme in finance” (with Yuval Millo) International Review of Financial Analysis, forthcoming.

[2016] Econophysics and Financial Economics: An Emerging Dialogue, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. [with Franck Jovanovic]

[2016] “Editorial: 20th Anniversary of Econophysics: where are we? where do we go?”, International Review of Financial Analysis (guest editor), forthcoming. [with McCauley E., Stanley E. and Roehner B.]

[2016] “Contributions of Econophysics to Financial Economics”, International Review of Financial Analysis (guest editor), forthcoming. [with McCauley E., Stanley E. and Roehner B.]

[2016]“From cubist simultaneity to quantum complementarity”, Foundations of Science forthcoming.

[2016] “Breaking down the barriers between econophysics and financial economics (with Franck Jovanovic), International Review of Financial Analysis, forthcoming.

[2016] “From the Abandon of the Gold Standard to the Hyper-real Economy”, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, forthcoming.

[2016] “Financial Innovation as a force for a positive social change: The evidence of Social Impact Bonds”, Research in International Business and Finance, forthcoming.

[2015] “Positivism in finance and its implication for the diversification finance research”, International Review of Financial Analysis, vol.40, 103-106.

[2015] “The influence of the US market on herding behaviour in China”, [with Ziyao Luo], Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 22 (13), 1055–1058.

[2015] “Herding Behaviour in asymmetric and extreme situations: the case of China”, [with Ziyao Luo], Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 22 (11), 869–873.

[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, no.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] “Les influences de la science sur la poésie lettriste de Isidore Isou : Vers une nouvelle rationalisation de la poésie”, Revue Littérature, Forthcoming.

[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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