Michael Kretzer

Scientific Staff Member

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Research Focus

  • Language policy and education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Seychelles, Lesotho and Botswana
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research
  • (Virtual) Linguistic Landscapes (LL), e.g. schoolscapes, touristscapes and ecoscapes
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and Science Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Environmental Education


  • 2004 – 2010 Teacher training for grammar schools in politics and economics, history and geography (L3), Justus Liebig University Giessen, subject of the examination thesis: "Language policy and nation-building in South Africa" ("passed with distinction" 1,29)
  • 2008 Internship at the German School Pretoria (DSP)
  • 2010 Extension examination for the first state examination for the teaching profession at grammar schools for the subject geography ("Very Good")
  • 2011 – 2011 Administrative Assistant at the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) in Johannesburg
  • 2010 – 2011 Internship at Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy in Johannesburg
  • 2010 – 2011 PROMOS scholarship for an internship in South Africa (DAAD)
  • 2012 – 2015 DEY scholarship (Diocese of Limburg)
  • 2012 – 2017 Doctoral studies in geography
  • 2012 – 2017 Research assistant at the Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) in Section 3 (Education and Development)
  • 2018 Dr. rer. nat. in Geography, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Title: "Implementation potential of language policy in the education system of South Africa - An investigation in the provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo and North West" ("magna cum laude")
  • 2018 – 2020 NRF SARChI Chair Post-Doctoral Research Fellow School of African Languages, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Since 2020 Research Associate at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Working Group Society and Sustainability in Transition
  • 2020 – 2022 Honorary appointment as Research Associate at Rhodes University, Schools of Languages and Literatures, African Language Section
  • Since 2022 Affiliated research fellow at the University of the Western Cape, UWC, Department of African Language Studies