J.W. Nevile Fellow in Economics, UNSW

Tim Harcourt is the JW Nevile Fellow in Economics at the UNSW Australia Business School and host The Airport Economist TV series on how to do business in Asia and emerging markets:


Tim is a professional economist specialising in international trade and labour economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and in the emerging economies. Tim’s passion is Australia’s engagement with Asia and the global economy and the challenges and opportunities it offers business and the Australian community as a whole.

Tim has broad experience in public policy and in communicating international economic issues widely in the community. He has held senior roles in both the public sector and private sector in Australia and internationally and in the community and education sectors. In Australia he has worked for the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Fair Work Commission, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) and as an economic advisor to 3 Federal Cabinet Ministers and 2 State Premiers.

As the inaugural JW Nevile Fellow in Economics, Tim is active in the media, in the research community and in public affairs. He is passionate about making complex economic issues accessible to the whole community and to ensure that economists engage with strategic business issues and matters of public importance.

Part of Tim’s new role is to raise the profile of the School internationally in Asia, South America and the emerging markets. Tim also teaches International Business Strategy in the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)’s MBA and Executive Education Programmes.


  • –present
    JW Nevile Fellow in Economics, University of New South Wales


  • 1999 
    Harvard University, Harvard Trade Union Program