Tim Harcourt is joining the Australian School of Business as the first J.W. Nevile Fellow in economics.
Tim Harcourt joins us from a distinguished career as Chief Economist at Austrade (the Australian Trade Commission), having previously worked for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (now Fair Work Australia) and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He has a BEc (Hons) from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and also graduated from the Trade Union Program at Harvard.
Tim will promote ‘Economics at UNSW’ to the public including highlighting the expertise in the School of Economics and the Australian School of Business, engaging with business leaders to facilitate the development of ARC Linkage Grants and promoting the study of Economics to students.
He will also be teaching international business strategy for AGSM Executive Education, as well as building ASB’s profile in Asia, South America and emerging markets. Tim is leading an international business strategy MBA course to China and India in December 2011 and will be expanding this project to Brazil in 2012.
He is exceptionally well connected with business and government, both in Australia and internationally, but is perhaps best known for his popular book “The Airport Economist”. In this book, Tim Harcourt travelled the globe in chase of Australian international business success and to unravel the economic life of the many countries he visited. He talked to business leaders, entrepreneurs, employees, government officials, academics, farmers and celebrities to uncover the world of export beyond economic text books and financial spreadsheets (see www.theairporteconomist.com)
His next book “The Airport Economist Flies Again” will be launched in 2012 along with a TV series also titled “The Airport Economist”.
Tim is an active commentator in the Australian and international media on economic and trade issues, and appears regularly on TV and radio shows including Lateline Business , Bloomberg, and CNBC Asia. Tim also writes for a number of major publications including The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian and The OECD Observer.
The J.W. Nevile Fellowship is named in honour of Emeritus Professor John Nevile, who commenced his employment at UNSW in 1965. Amongst his contributions to the University, he has been Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Head of the School of Economics, and Director of the Centre for Applied Economic Research.