Dr. Julia Smith, PhD, is a University Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. In addition to currently co-leading the Gender and COVID-19 Project, she has led research on global tobacco control and global health governance. Dr. Smith’s research interests centre around the social, political and commercial determinants of health, gender-based analysis and participatory methods. Her publications, including the book Civil Society and the Global Response to HIV/AIDS, advance feminist and rights-based approaches to global health. Dr. Smith has worked with health and development projects in North America, Europe and Africa. She holds a PhD in Peace Studies, from the University of Bradford, where she was a Rotary World Peace Fellow.