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Naomi Oosterman



Naomi Oosterman is a PhD Candidate and lecturer at City University of London. She is furthermore a lecturer at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts and Culture Studies from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Research at Goldsmiths University of London (2.1) before starting her candidacy at City University.


Naomi was awarded one of the competitive University Doctoral Studentships in the United Kingdom. Her research investigates the criminal dynamics of art theft in the European Union. She is especially interested in the policing and securitisation of art theft in the European Union, and how museums deal with threats to their collections. Together with Interpol, she developed a database of stolen art works containing thefts from 14 EU countries, which she uses to analyse the movements of theft.


Professor Eugene McLaughlin
Professor Chris Rojek

Research Interests

  • Art & Heritage Crime
  • Gatekeepers and Elitism
  • Control, Crime, and Deviance
  • Cultural Policy
  • Cultural Property Trafficking
  • Policing
  • Cultural Public Sphere


PhD Sociology  (2014 – present) - City, University of London
Awards: University Doctoral Studentship

MA Social Research - Goldsmiths, University of London

MA Arts & Culture Studies - Erasmus University Rotterdam

BA Social Work (First) - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Awards: Teaching Fellow