Brendan Markey-Towler

Industry Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Brendan Markey-Towler is an Industry Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Business and Economics, and School of Economics at the University of Queensland. His current research focuses on the economics of knowledge and ideas. His work is particularly concerned with the interaction between economics and psychology, and spans behavioural and psychological economics, evolutionary economics, complexity and complex systems economics, microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, network theory as well as the philosophies of mind, time, and science.


  • 2018–present
    Researcher, University of Queensland, School of Economics


  • 2017 
    University of Queensland, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Economics (Hons1)


  • 2016
    On the problem of constructing rational preferences, Economic Record, 92 S1: 68-82. doi:10.1111/1475-4932.12275
  • 2016
    Law of the jungle: firm survival and price dynamics in evolutionary markets, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 26 3: 655-696. doi:10.1007/s00191-016-0446-8
  • 2016
    I, Roboticus Oeconomicus The philosophy of mind in economics, and why it matters , Camb J Econ (2016) 41 (1): 203-237. doi: 10.1093/cje/bew014
  • 2016
    Inequality in the 21st Century, available at:
  • 2016
    Economics Cannot Isolate Itself from Political Theory: A Mathematical Demonstration, available at:
  • 2016
    Time, Uncertainty and Free Will, available at:

Professional Memberships

  • Economics Society of Australia
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative
  • Royal Society of Queensland