Dr. Michael M. Kretzer worked for Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy (MILL) and the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) after his state examination in 2010. In 2012 he began as a research associate for the Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany and started with his PhD at the Department of Human Geography and Development Research (Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany). For his PhD study he went several times between 2012 and 2016 to South Africa for data collection in the three research provinces. He finished and published his PhD study early 2018. His PhD-thesis was “Potential of the implementation of language policy in the education system of South Africa: Case study of Gauteng, Limpopo and North West Province”. Dr. Kretzer is currently a NRF SARChI Chair Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University.
His focuses are education systems and language policies and the relationship between education and agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly in South Africa, Malawi and Botswana. Hence, he also went for field research several times to Botswana and Malawi. He also focuses on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Southern and Eastern Africa. Dr. Michael M. Kretzer published several chapters in books and various articles in different journals like the Universal Journal of Agricultural Research, South African Journal of African Languages, Current Issues in Language Planning and the South African Geographical Journal.