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Naomi Oosterman is a permanent lecturer at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies and an affiliated researcher of the research group Heritage under Threat; part of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development. She was awarded a highly competetive doctoral studentship by City University of London for her self proposed PhD research titled Policing the art world: Contradictions in international and national perspectives. She completed her dissertation in 2019. Her research specialisations are the policing of art and heritage crime, the illicit trafficking of arts and antiquities, and the sociology of deviance in general. She is the editor (with Dr. Donna Yates, Maastricht University) of the volume Crime and art: Sociological and criminological perspectives of crimes in the art world  which brings together innovative theoretical, empirical, and methodological contributions from social scientists on the topic of art and heritage crime. Currently, she is co-editing (with Dr. Donna Yates) the volume Art crime in context: Global perspectives on art and heritage crime which is set to be published in 2022.

At the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, she is the coordinator and principle lecturer for courses on social science methods and cultural policy. In 2021, together with Dr. Delia Dumitrica (Department of Media and Communication) she was awarded a Comenius Senior Fellowship for the project Adaptive digital environments for qualitative research learning. The projects centers around the development and use of Digital Learning Objects to foster and strengthen students' knowledge and skills concerning methods of qualitative research.

Naomi is furthermore the coordinator of the Bachelor Graduation Project and Master Thesis Class, and supervises bachelor and master thesis students. She has several teaching qualifications, obtained from universities in the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. She has been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) since 2017.

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 (MA, 2014) at Goldsmiths, University of London. She completed her PhD in Criminology at the Department of Sociology at City, University of London (2014-2019).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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