Hendri Coetzee is joining AUC for one year as a visiting professor in community psychology. Formerly the owner and operator of a private research consulting company, Coetzee nowadays functions as a member of institutional management at the North-West University in South Africa where he manages the university's engaged research program. He obtained his master in research psychology in 2007 from North-West University and returned several years later to complete a doctorate in environmental sciences in 2014. He has a longstanding interest in environmental conservation as is evident from the numerous papers he has published to date and has received around $200,000 in research grants. He will be teaching courses related to community psychology and conservation behaviors.
As an engaged scholar, Coetzee’s research mainly focuses on community, conservation and social-environmental topics. Amongst others, these topics encompass community well-being, sustainability, monitoring and evaluating community impact, human-environment interactions, community-based conservation, natural resource management, and human-wildlife conflict as well as the conservation of the Southern Ground-Hornbill.