Dr Smith is an ARC Future Fellow, and Professor (Associate) at the ANU. She was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow then Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment) from 2004.
Dr Smith was awarded ARC ‘Discovery’ and ‘Linkage’ funding for projects on the economics of breastfeeding and markets in mothers milk, surveying maternal time use and breastfeeding support in workplaces and childcare. She has been a chief investigator on an NHMRC quit smoking randomised controlled trial. She has published over thirty articles in health, nutrition and economics journals, as well as two books (Taxing Popularity and Gambling Taxation in Australia) and several book chapters. Her current research focusses on the economics of breastfeeding and regulation of markets in mothers’ milk.
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RegNet scholar Julie Smith has been interviewed on SBS’s The Feed on her research which looks into the emerging market for breast milk. The program looks at the obstacles to sharing breast milk in Australia and in the interview Julie discusses the value of breast milk in Australia and argues that by putting a value on breast milk, ‘public policy would be better oriented to help mothers breast feed’.
Watch the entire program The Feed website (from the 6 min 9 sec mark).