Michael-W. Serruys studied Early Modern History at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Political Sciences at the Université catholique de Louvain. He has worked at Leiden University in the Netherlands and is a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2014, he is a member of the Royal Belgian Marine Society. Serruys has published several articles on the economic history of the Austrian Netherlands (eighteenth century Belgium) and on Belgian maritime history. He is currently working on a book on the Maritime geopolitics of Belgium and the Belgian navy.