from 5 July to 7 July 2023

Winter School Evolutionary Foundations of Economic Behaviour

at QUT, Brisbane


A three-day event to learn about the 

frontier of research on the evolutionary and biological foundations of human behaviour


game theory

Evolutionary game theory studies adaptive rules that govern behaviour. It does so by investigating the type of strategies that would emerge from evolutionary dynamics.



foundations of preferences

The evolutionary foundation of preferences takes a reverse engineering approach. Using optimisation techniques and equilibrium analysis it investigates the situations and problems that could explain  observed human preferences as the end point of an evolutionary process  



Many results about seemingly strange or irrational behaviour from behavioural economics can be explained without an explicit reference to evolution with standard equilibrium and optimisation analysis and richer assumptions about real world constraints.


The Winter School is intented for researchers in economics and other behavioural sciences. It will feature lectures by leading researchers in economics to present the state of play at the frontier of the research studying the underlying causes and mechanisms behind economic behaviour.



The Speakers

Professor Arthur Robson

Simon Fraser University

Professor Jonathan Newton

University of Kyoto

Dr Maria Kleshnina

Toulouse School of Economics

Dr Moshe Hoffman

Harvard & Max Planck Institute

Dr Greg Kubitz

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Lionel Page

University of Queensland



The Venue

QUT Gardens Point campus

2 George Street

2000 Brisbane

The Winter School will take place at the QUT Gardens Point campus, in the Engineering building (P block). The room is GP-P-419.