Dr Rodney Westerlaken MA BED 

Dr. Rodney Westerlaken M.A., B.Ed holds a Bachelor degree in Education from STOAS hogeschool in 's Hertogenbosch,

a Master degree from Leiden University in Indonesian studies and a PhD degree from Universitas Udayana in Denpasar,

Bali in Cultural Studies. 

Dr. Westerlaken lectures classes in cultural science, social science and sustainability at NHL Stenden. Dr. Westerlaken's Master thesis

explored the field of Cultural Heritage Management on Bali, Indonesia, highlighting a case study in Banjar Laba Nangga (Kabupaten Buleleng) in which four prehistoric sarcophaguses were found. His PhD research focuses on the changed perception of submitting children to Child Welfare Institutions in Denpasar. In this research he connects coping mechanisms after the Bali bombings to a changed perception of submitting children to the famous orphanages in Bali. 

Currently Dr. Westerlaken researches the effects of COVID-19 on the society in Bali for his Westerlaken foundation and he researches the admittance of children to Child Welfare Institutions in Denpasar as a result of COVID-19. 

Medio September 2020 Dr. Westerlaken will start another master study; Coastal Environmental Studies at Udayana University. 

Rodney Westerlaken wrote several interdisciplinary academic articles for Jurnal Studi Kultural.


Subsequently Rodney Westerlaken is undertaking research for a claim of return of cultural heritage (and on behalf of) of the Kingdom of Klungkung, Bali and facilitates, with help from the Westerlaken foundation, the return of 4 tombaks with sheath and a kris.

Services provided by Rodney Westerlaken are:

- (online) courses, lectures and workshops at Bachelor or Master level in the (interdisciplinary) field of cultural studies, social studies and sustainability with a focus on Indonesia and ASEAN

- (applied) research  

- cultural heritage management, (museum) collection science

- (research of) return and claims of predatory material culture

- search for works of art (classical or contemporary Indonesian/Asian art)