Julie joined the Melbourne Institute as a Research Fellow in October 2010 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2021.
Since joining the Institute, Julie participated in designing the Journeys Home Survey, a longitudinal study of Australians who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.Her current research revolves around a number of issues related to disadvantage in education, housing, health and labour economics. Specifically, she works on homelessness & precarious housing, substance use, incarceration, gender gaps in education, peer effects and female's labour market participation.
Julie is developing a research agenda aiming to support the development of better opportunities for Indigenous Australians. This includes a project to evaluate the impact of Indigenous preferential procurement programs and a project on “Historical frontier violence: drivers, legacy and the role of truth-telling”, both supported by ARC funding.