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Industry Professor and Chief Economist, University of Technology Sydney

Tim Harcourt is Industry Professor and Chief Economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Tim’s main interests are international trade, labour markets, climate innovation and the economics of sports.

Before joining UTS, Tim was Professor of Practice in Economics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. He has also 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 (RBA), the Fair Work Commission (FWC), 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.

Tim hosts The Airport Economist TV program on doing business in Asia, Latin America and Emerging markets which is based on internationally successful The Airport Economist book series

Tim is also the host of The Airport Economist podcast on Listnr, and the TV show After The Pandemic on China and Australia on

His new book The Airport Economist Flies Again! was published by Cambridge Scholars on 1 June 2021.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, UTS
  • 2011–2021
    Professor of Practice, UNSW
  • 1999–2011
    Chief Economist, Austrade