Eddy joined XJTLU in 2012 after spending four years as a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, where he conducted research in the field of International Political Economy. More specifically, Eddy worked on the diffusion of alternative financial practices in the United Kingdom – e.g. Islamic Finance. This led him to articulate his research within the frameworks of behavioural economics, economic sociology, and economic philosophy. In addition to his doctoral research, Eddy has previous teaching experience at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium), conducted research at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (2007-2008), and consulted for the World Bank. Eddy's research has been published in internationally renowned scientific journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics (SSCI, ABS 3*, FT45), Technological Forecasting and Social Change (SSCI, ABS 3*), the Review of International Political Economy (SSCI, ABS 3*) and Kyklos (SSCI, ABS 3*), and presented at international academic forums such as the IIPPE Annual Conferences.
Upon his arrival in China, Eddy started investigating additional questions specific to the Chinese economy such as (i) environmental behaviour - this project is funded by the Suzhou Science and Technology Association (ii) trust and food safety among Chinese consumers, and (iii) social networks in rural China.
Eddy is a Belgian-born Chinese and speaks French, English, and Mandarin Chinese fluently. He holds a BSc in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick (Distinction) and a PhD degree in the same field from the University of Cambridge.