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Elizabeth Vibert

Professor of Colonial History, University of Victoria

I am an historian of poverty, gender, and food systems at the University of Victoria. Since 2011 I have been doing oral history research with women farmers in South Africa, alongside my South African research collaborator Basani Ngobeni. Since 2018 I have been carrying out a community-engaged oral history project with Palestinian grain miller Aisha Azzam and members of her community in Baqa'a Camp, Jordan. I am project director of Four Stories About Food Sovereignty: Transnational Crises and Local Action, a SSHRC-funded community-engaged research network examining historical and contemporary food crises in Indigenous and refugee communities on four continents.

My research has been disseminated in monographs and anthologies (Traders' Tales, Reading Beyond Words, Out There Learning); scholarly journals ranging from Gender & History to the Journal of Contemporary African Studies; blogs; and documentary films: The Thinking Garden (South African project) and the forthcoming Aisha's Story (Palestinian project). I am currently doing community research on responses to food crises in South Africa, Jordan, Colombia, and Indigenous communities in Canada.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, University of Victoria


  • 1993 
    University of Oxford, Modern History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Four Stories About Food Sovereignty
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada