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The Australian National University

Dr Jennifer Alexander

BA Hons, PhD, University of Sydney
Honorary Associate Professor
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 0416855048

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104

Research interests

Social and religious change, development-induced displacement and resettlement, economic development and comparative trading practices in Borneo and Indonesia, politics of contemporary indigeneity, indigenous people, entrepreneurship, trade and gender.



I graduated from the University of Sydney in 1985 with a dissertation on rural markets in Java. Subsequently I transferred to Macquarie University as a Queen Elizabeth II National Research Fellow, and then moved to the ANU as a Research Fellow under the Comparative Austronesian Project. The University of Sydney hosted an ARC Fellowship until I became an Independent Researcher in 1997. I returned to the ANU as a Visiting Fellow in 2007 and in 2015 was promoted to the position of Honorary Associate Professor. I have lived and worked in various parts of Indonesia and Sarawak, East Malaysia for over seven years.

Career highlights include a Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar (1989-1990), a Visiting Professorship at FSP Entwicklungssoziologie, University of Bielefeld, Germany (1993-1994), and a Visiting/Guest Fellowship with the Program of Agrarian Studies, Yale University (1995-1996). In December 2015 I was promoted to the position of Associate Professor for a period of two years.

Researcher's projects

(1) Displacement and Resettlement in Sarawak, East Malaysia

(2) Trade and emerging markets in the context of resettlement 

(3) Ethnicity and indigeneity in Sarawak.



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