UNSW's Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Harcourt AO has been honoured by his alma mater with a Distinguished Alumni Award and a visiting professorship named in his honour.

At Adelaide University on Thursday​, Professor Harcourt was named a distinguished alumnus for his outstanding leadership and contribution nationally and internationally in the field of economics.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Professor Harcourt has been acknowledged as a leading voice on economic thought in Australia and a world authority on pioneering British economist John Maynard Keynes, and the followers of Keynes. 

"We're extremely proud of Geoff and his important contribution to economics in this country and across the world. It's wonderful to see Adelaide University acknowledging his work with this great honour," said Professor Chris Styles, Dean of UNSW Business School.

​As well as his prestigious academic career, he is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the United Kingdom. He was made an officer of the Order of Australia for his service to Economic Theory and History of Economic Thought. 

He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, the History of Economics Society USA, the European Society for the History of Economics Thought and the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia. He was the 2010 Joint Veblen – Commons Awardee of the Association for Evolutionary Economics USA.