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Humanitarian Work Psychology in South Africa: Poverty, Inequality, the Legacy of Apartheid, and the Role of I-O Psychology Lori Foster Thompson North Carolina State University Alexander E. Gloss North Carolina State University Greetings TIP readers! We are here with another edition of the Spotlight on Humanitarian Work Psychology col- umn. In this issue we take a look at I-O psychology’s inte- gration with global development in the Republic of South Africa from the viewpoint of Dr. Ines Meyer, a senior lec- turer in organizational psychology at the University of Cape Town. Prior to her academic career, Ines spent 4 years working in community development in impover- ished communities in and around Cape Town. In her role at her university, she has overseen the creation of a hu- manitarian work psychology (HWP) student-interest group. In addition, she has taken a leadership role in the subdiscipline by serving on the executive board of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology ( In many ways, Ines represents the future of the subdiscipline of HWP as she is helping to develop future I-O psychologists who will work as scien- tist–practitioners focusing on issues of global develop- ment; in addition, Ines works in a country that is at the forefront of global development itself. South Africa is a major emerging economy, and it has increasingly taken a leading role in the development of the rest of the African continent (Besharati, 2013). In our interview with Ines we ask about how she became involved in HWP, her current perspective on I-O psychology’s role in development within South Africa, and her view on the future of the subdiscipline in the country. An Interview With Dr. Ines Meyer How did you become involved in humanitarian work psychology? 118 April 2014 Volume 51 Issue