Dr Smith (B Ec Hons/BA (Asian Studies), PhD) is an awarded ARC Future Fellow and Honorary Professor (Associate) at the Australian National University. She has held recent appointments at the School of Global Governance and Regulation (ANU College of Asia and the Pacific) from 2014, and the School of Population Health (ANU College of Health and Medicine) from 2018. She is also a Fellow in the Tax Transfer Policy Institute at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.
In 2018 her team delivered a review of evidence for Australian health policymakers on what works to improve breastfeeding. Dr Smith has also been an advisor to the World Health Organization, UNICEF UK, and the US Surgeon General's Office, and to breastfeeding NGOs.
Until 2014, at the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment) Dr Smith led Australian Research Council funded projects on the economics of breastfeeding and markets in mothers milk, as well as a time use study of new mothers, and a research partnership on breastfeeding support in workplaces and childcare. Her current ARC Future Fellowship is on measurement and regulatory aspects of markets in mothers milk.
Previously she worked in Australian and New Zealand treasury and finance departments on public finance, budgetary and economic policy issues, and has authored books on gambling and taxation policy.