Dr Angie Bexley

Bachelor of Asian Studies (First Class) (Specialist: Indonesia). PhD Anthropology (ANU)
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 Intolerance, Social Inclusion, Youth studies, Inter-generational Politics, Cultural Production and the State, Visual Anthropology, Anthropology of Food, Timor-Leste, Indonesia


Angie Bexley is an anthropologist currently working on childhood poverty, gender and intolerance in Indonesia. Angie has developed a unique collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach to her research over the last twenty years working across international development, art and culture in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. 

Angie's work in international development has focused on social inclusion and gender justice and includes managing major DFAT funded projects and a broad range of organisations including The Asia Foundation, Oxfam, The Carter Center, and Plan International. Angie has recently published a co-edited book with Dr Maj Nygaard-Christensen "Fieldwork in Timor Leste: Understanding Scoial Change through Practice". 

She produces publications, films and art with Timorese, Indonesian Danish and Australian scholars. She is also a founding member of the Canberra-based print making collective 'Culture Kitchen' and has engaged artists in regional collaborations resulting in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, New York and London.

Angie is currently a Fellow on the ARC project,  Understanding Childhood Poverty in Indonesia with Professor Sharon Bessell. 


Researcher's projects

Angie's current research intersects childhood poverty, youth studies, gender and tolerance, and international development and has two current projects

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

In May 2014, Angie launched an inter-discplinary project with chef, Jon Priadi called the Culture Kitchen FoodLab. This project is an exploratores culinary and art development in Canberra, Australia and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They document their project at: 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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