Elizabeth Vibert is an historian and writer whose main research interests are poverty, food security and colonialism. For six years Elizabeth has been doing community work and research in rural South Africa. Her oral history project with older women farmers at a cooperative vegetable farm there is the source of many recent activities: the film The Thinking Garden, which she researched, co-wrote and co-produced with director Christine Welsh; the University of Victoria's Colonial Legacies Field School in South Africa, which she founded and directs; advocacy work for small-scale farmers; a potential grower-to-grower exchange network between small-scale farmers in Southern Africa and Southern Vancouver Island; scholarly and popular articles; and a book exploring older South African women's life histories under apartheid and democracy (in progress).
Elizabeth's writings on Canadian Aboriginal and Southern African hsitory have appeared in The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Gender and History, Ethnohistory, Active History, and other books and anthologies. Elizabeth has a doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University and teaches History at the University of Victoria.