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Dr. Julia Smith (she/her)

CGSHE Faculty Member

Dr. Julia Smith (she/her) is a CGSHE Faculty Member and Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She has a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where she also completed her Masters of Arts as a Rotary World Peace Fellow. Her research interests centre on gender-based policy analysis of health crises, commercial and political determinants of health, feminist theory and community-based research. She is currently a Principal Investigator on the Gender and COVID-19 Research Project, which is conducting gender-based analysis of the response to COVID-19 in nine countries and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Canadian Institutes for Health Research. She has also led research on the intersections of health and development, funded by SSHRC, and contributed to the Global Tobacco Control Project at SFU, funded by CIHR and the US National Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Smith has taught classes in both the Faculty of Health Sciences and Department of Political Science at SFU. She currently volunteers with Mosaic and has worked with community-based organizations in Canada, Europe and Africa. She is @juliaheather on Twitter.