Dr. Naomi Oosterman is Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is also one of the research coordinators of our Heritage under Threat research theme since 2023.
Her research expertise concerns art and heritage crime, particularly in relation to (pluralised) policing, the illicit trade of cultural objects, and securitisation. She furthermore specialises in issues concerning coloniality and decoloniality in regard to cultural heritage. She applies a variety of quantitative and qualitative social scientific research methodologies in her research and combines theories from the fields of cultural criminology, cultural sociology, and cultural heritage law.
Naomi Oosterman studied Social Work (BA, 2010, cum laude) at the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam; Arts and Culture Studies (MA, 2013) at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Social Research Methods (MA, 2014) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed her PhD at the Department of Sociology at City, University of London (2014-2019)