Joëlla van Donkersgoed is a PhD candidate in the program of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies in the department of Art History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She obtained her B.A in Archaeology (2011) and M.A. degree in Archaeological Heritage Management in a World Context (2014) at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Her research is focused on the current post-colonial landscape of the Banda Islands in the province Moluccas in Indonesia. She co-authored a chapter with Jessica Brown in Intangible Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Culture: a Law and Heritage Exploration, a peer-reviewed volume which is currently in press at Edward Elgar Publishing. Alongside her dissertation research she consults the process for the cultural landscape of the Banda Islands to become a mixed site for the UNESCO World Heritage List.