Carsten Murawski

Principal Investigator and Director, Centre for Brain, Mind and Markets
Professor in Finance, The University of Melbourne

About Carsten

Carsten Murawski uses laboratory experiments to study individual decision-making, in particular, its neurobiological basis. The current focus of his work is on determining in what ways information processing constraints in the brain affect decision-making, how they lead to phenomena such as cognitive biases and how decision-making can be improved.

A primary area of Carsten’s current research is the role of complexity in decision-making. He is a pioneer in linking computational complexity theory with decision theory to identify and quantify resource requirements of decisions. He has shown that biological resource constraints can explain human behaviour in the face of complexity, including well-documented behavioural biases. In another strand of research, he is investigating the strategies humans use to make complex decisions and how human decision-making can be improved.

Other research projects focus on the role of stress in decision-making, high-performance decision-making and intertemporal choice.

Carsten is also currently a co-investigator on several research projects investigating the effects of various mental illnesses on decision-making.

In 2015, Carsten was one of the co-initiators of Street Finance, a program aimed at improving financial behaviour and outcomes of young Victorians at a critical time of transition from adolescence to adulthood, on the verge of making many major financial decisions. The program's core is a final-year undergraduate subject in the Bachelor of Commerce. Students in the subject develop and subsequently deliver lessons on basic financial knowledge in Victorian high schools. The program was launched in 2015 and has reached over 1,500 high school students. More information about the program is available on the program page.

Before joining the University of Melbourne, Carsten was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich. He has been a visiting researcher at New York University and at Columbia University, New York. He has taught at undergraduate and graduate levels at The University of Melbourne, the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He was trained in investment banking at JP Morgan in New York and has spent several years in the finance industry. Carsten holds a PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland and a Master’s degree from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Contact details

Email: carstenm[at]
Phone: +61 3 8344 9077
Office: Room 12.039, Level 12, The Spot, 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton