Joëlla van Donkersgoed is a Ph.D 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 at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University in 2011, and her M.A. degree in Archaeological Heritage Management in a World Context at the same university in 2014.
Her current research is focused on the Banda Islands in the province Moluccas of the Republic of Indonesia. Her aim is to describe these islands as a cultural landscape in which the local community is constantly shaping their environment by providing new interpretations and meanings to remnants of the past. During her research she also consults the process of this landscape to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Her research interests are: post colonialism, cultural landscape, heritage management, heritagization of the present, Dutch Golden Age, Indonesia, Moluccan adat, Spice Trade.