Dr Elizabeth Ewart is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Lowland South America at the University of Oxford, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.
Her main research is with indigenous people in Central Brazil where she has lived and learnt with Panará people.
With an undergraduate degree in art history, she has an enduring interest in the material and visual aspects of Amerindian lived worlds, including body adornment, beadwork, garden design, village layout and concepts of beauty. She is also interested in the anthropology of everyday productive practices, including child rearing and gardening.
More recently, she has been developing research in southwestern Ethiopia (together with Dr Wolde Tadesse), on local agriculture and food production, specifically in relation to a local staple, enset (Ensete ventricosum or Abyssinian banana), exploring the manifold connections between cultivation, cooking, animal husbandry, land custodianship and sense of wellbeing among Gamo communities in the southern Ethiopian highlands.