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Professor of Practice in Economics, UNSW

Tim Harcourt is Professor of Practice in Economics at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney

As a professional economist for over 35 years, he has specialised in international trade and labour economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and in the emerging economies. His main policy interest 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 is also 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.

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.

Tim also hosts The Airport Economist TV program ( on doing business in Asia, Latin America and emerging markets and a podcast of the same name based on The Airport Economist book series see

Tim also teaches International Business Experience in the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM)’s MBA and Executive Education Programmes. He was educated at the University of Adelaide, the University of Minnesota, Harvard University and by his own students!


  • 2021–present
    Professor of Practice in Economics, University of New South Wales
  • –present
    JW Nevile Fellow in Economics, University of New South Wales


  • 1999 
    Harvard University, Harvard Trade Union Program