Dr Angie Bexley

Bachelor of Asian Studies (First Class) (Specialist: Indonesia). PhD Anthropology (ANU)
Senior Research Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205

Research interests

Childhood Poverty, Gender and Poverty, Gender and Intolerance, Social Inclusion, Youth studies, Inter-generational Politics, Cultural Production and the State, Visual Anthropology, Anthropology of Food, Timor-Leste, Indonesia


Angie Bexley is the Deputy Director of the Children's Policy and Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Poverty and Inequality Centre. An anthropologist, Angie is currently working on childhood poverty, gender and intolerance in Indonesia. Over the last twenty years, Angie has developed a unique collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach to her research working across international development, specialising in social inclusion and gender justice.  

Angie has designed and managed major DFAT funded projects in Indonesia and worked for organisations including The Asia Foundation, Oxfam, The Carter Center, and Plan International. Angie has published a co-edited book with Dr Maj Nygaard-Christensen "Fieldwork in Timor Leste: Understanding Scoial Change through Practice".

Angie is currently a Senior Research Fellow on the ARC project,  Understanding Childhood Poverty in Indonesia with Professor Sharon Bessell and Senior Research Fellow on the Individual Deprivation Measure providing advice and analysis on gender and poverty for the Indonesia Country Study.

Researcher's projects

Angie's current research intersects childhood poverty, youth studies, gender and tolerance, and international development. Her current projects include:

1) Angie is currently a Research Fellow on the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP170100657 "Understanding and Assessing Childhood Poverty in Indonesia" with Professor Sharon Bessell. This research aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of childhood poverty in Indonesia, with direct implications formeasuring, understanding and responding to child poverty both in Indonesia and globally. This project is expected to contribute to the Individual Deprivation Measure- the world's first gender sensitive poverty measure. 

2)  Angie's other current research project focuses on Gender and Tolerance Approaches in Indonesia. This project aims to contribute  understandings of young women's perspectives on concepts such as radicalism, tolerance and intolerance in order to contribute new methodological approaches and formulate effective and meaningful policy responses that include young women in tolerance building.

3) Angie is currently a research fellow on the Individual Deprivation Measure, the world's first gender-sensitive multidimensional measure, and provides advice on the gender analysis for the Indonesia Country Study and the violence dimensions of poverty.

3) Angie has a long-term interest in inter-generational change and politics in Timor-Leste and publsishes with her colleague, Dr Maj Nygaard-Christensen.

4) In May 2014, Angie launched an inter-discplinary project with chef, Jon Priadi, The Culture Kitchen FoodLab. This exploARTive project illuiminates the culinary and art developments across Canberra, Australia and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. www.culturekitchenfoodlab.wordpress.com

The project has been profiled on ABC's Australia Plus:  http://www.australiaplus.com/international/2014-09-19/cooking-up-a-crosscultural-experience/1368391




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