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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. For a decade I have been doing oral history research with women farmers in South Africa, alongside my South African research collaborator Basani Ngobeni. 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 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 a documentary film, The Thinking Garden. I am currently doing community research on responses to food crises in South Africa, Jordan, Colombia, and Indigenous communities in Canada.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Victoria


  • 1993 
    University of Oxford, Modern History