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Dr Julie Smith

B Ec (Hons)/B A (Asian Studies), PhD
ARC Future Fellow and Professor (Associate), School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Health And Community Services 111708
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Public Nutrition Intervention 111104
  • Health Promotion 111712
  • Health Economics 140208
  • Community Child Health 111704
  • Public Economics Taxation And Revenue 140215

Research interests

Main research interests: feminist economics, labor economics, health economics, maternal and child health and public health, public finance and public policy including;

 

  • National accounting treatment of non-market economic production
  • Economic valuation of breastfeeding and human milk
  • Markets, exchange and trading of mothers milk, and regulation of markets and marketing of food for infants and young children
  • Gender budgeting, Health care financing, Federalism and health policy, Cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis, 
  • Economics of work and breastfeeding, Maternal time use especially time use of new mothers, Breastfeeding friendly environments (hospitals, workplaces and childcare)
  • Australian tax policy history, Fiscal federalism and horizontal equalisation, Taxation of families and children, Gambling taxation, Taxation of charities, Tax expenditures (superannuation, health insurance etc)
  • Smoking cessation and tobacco control, including of tobacco marketing  

 

Professional memberships

  • International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW)
  •  International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)
  • International Association of Feminist Economics (IAFFE)
  • Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA)
  • Lactation Consultants Association of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)
  • Economic Society of Australia (ESA)

Biography

BEc(Hons)/BA (Asian Studies), PhD (Economics) 

T: +61 4 1609 9630
E: Julie.Smith@anu.edu.au 

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.

Dr Smith has been an expert advisor on economic aspects of breastfeeding to the WHO and the US Department of Health and Human Services, and led a consultancy for WHO on marketing of commercial complementary foods for infants and young children. Her invited expertise has contributed to several parliamentary inquiries on breastfeeding, tax expenditures reporting, and tax policy. She has served as an honorary tax policy advisor to ACOSS since 1999, and as honorary national treasurer of the ABA from 2002-2007. She was an editorial board member for the International Breastfeeding Journal, ILCA research commitee, and advisor for the International Baby Food Action Network and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

Her PhD was awarded by the ANU in 2003, with an Australian Postgraduate Award. She has appointments at ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences, and Centre for International and Public Law (ANU College of Law) from 1992. She has worked as a senior economist in the Australian and New Zealand treasuries, Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Environment, and Prime Minister and Cabinet, and in the Parliamentary Library Research Service.

Researcher's projects

ARC Future Fellowship (FT140101260)

Research to enhance measurement, understanding, and policy regulatory approaches to emerging markets and trade in mothers' milk, 2015-2019.

ARC Linkage Project (LP0990975)

Working while breastfeeding: best practice strategies for workplaces and childcare centres, 2009-2012.

ARC Discovery Project and Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (DP0451117)

The economics of mothers’ milk and the market for infant food, 2004-07 (completed).

NHMRC Projects (568617)

Investigator (CIE) on Quit in General Practice: A cluster randomized trial of enhanced in-practice support for smoking cessation, 2008-11.

Other research funding

ANU Gender Institute 

  • Breastfeeding support on campus within a human rights framework: How does the ANU stack up nationally?, 2014-15.
  • Research workshop and New Zealand collaboration on breastfeeding friendly workplaces and childcare, 2012-13.

ANU Linkage Pilot Project Fund

  • Working while breastfeeding: best practice strategies for workplaces and childcare centres, 2007 (completed).

Australian Tax Research Foundation,

  • Taxing Popularity revision, 2003-04.

Rotary Family Health Research Fund

  • Attributable hospital system costs of premature weaning, with Prof. D. Ellwood & Dr J. Thompson, Canberra Hospital), 1999.

The Australia Institute

  • GST and charities, 1999.

Australian Tax Research Foundation Fellowship

  • Gambling taxation in Australia, 1997-98.

Available student projects

For students interested in doing research on economic aspects of breastfeeding and markets in mothers milk, such as projects in the areas of breastfeeding, work and childcare, the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, or economic valuation of breastfeeding, I can offer supervision and access to the following datasets and opportunities for innovative feminist economic research:

  • Maternal time use survey data 2005-06
  • Marketing of infant foods data from the 1950s
  • Breastfeeding and work survey data from 2011-12
  • Breastfeeding and childcare survey data 2011-12
  • Measuring breastmilk and breastfeeding in a country's Gross Domestic Product

Current student projects

Research Advisor, Phd Scholar, ANU College of Business and Economics, “A living wage; the evolution and future of the Australian minimum wage, child endowment, and tax treatment of families ”, 2015-.

Research Advisor, Phd Scholar, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment/College of Asia and Pacific, “Food security and markets for infant milk”, 2014-.

Research Advisor, PhD Scholar, QUT (Faculty of Health), "Exploring barriers and enablers in early childhood settings to meet Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines supported by the National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Guidelines", 2013-.

Past student projects

Research Advisor (University of Queensland School of Public Health), Master of Public Health, 'Perspectives and Experiences of Key Stakeholders in Infant Feeding on the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy 2010-2015', Naomi Hull, 2016.

Research Supervisor (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), ANU Medical School; “Pharmacists knowledge of breastfeeding support and management”, Morgan Ryan, 2013-14.

Research Supervisor (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), ANU Vice Chancellors Course 'Unravelling Complexity', Emma Day, Bryce Deller, Lauren Hassall, Jessica Avalon; “Fathers and Breastfeeding”), 2012.

Research Supervisor (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), ANU Summer Scholar, Miranda Blake; “Australian infant food marketing strategies undermine effective regulation of breastmilk substitutes; analysis of trends in print advertising in Australia, 1950-2010”), December 2011 - January 2012.

Research Supervisor (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), ANU Summer Scholar, Rachel Dennis, “Maternal time use towards enhancing mother and child health – the effect of paid leave access), December 2010 - January 2011.

Joint Research Project Supervisor (ANU College of Economics and Business),  PhD Scholar Ning Ding, Case Studies in Econometrics Project EMET8002, “Breastfeeding Decisions and Time Use: Evidence from Australia”, 2009.

Research Supervisor (College of Medicine, Biology and Environment), ANU Summer Scholar, Nancy Cinnadao, 'Australian infant food marketing', December 2005 - January 2006.


Publications

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