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Gediminas Lesutis BScEcon MSc PhD

Gediminas Lesutis BScEcon MSc PhD

Research Associate and Research Fellow at Darwin College

In his work, Gediminas focuses on social and political effects of contemporary capitalist expansion across Sub-Saharan Africa which he analyses using post-Marxist critical theory.

Biography

Qualifications

  • PhD in Politics, The University of Manchester, 2015-2018
  • MSc in Food and Water Security (Distinction), Aberystwyth University, 2012-2013
  • BScEcon in International Politics (First Class), Aberystwyth University, 2009-2012

Research

In his research Gediminas draws on critical theory, African studies and historical geographical materialism in narrating how the spaces created by contemporary capitalist expansion in Sub-­Saharan Africa shape the lives of vulnerable populations and everyday politics of contestation in profoundly contradictory ways.

At the Department, Gediminas is working on the Development Corridors Partnership, a major collaborative research and capacity development project funded by the Global Challenge Research Fund. Within this project, Gediminas is focusing on the politics of large-scale infrastructures, particularly on railway and port infrastructures and their socio-political effects in producing assemblages of infrastructure-led development and (im)possibilities of liveable life across uneven landscapes of Kenya.

In his doctoral thesis, Gediminas focused on the politics of precarity and consolidated post-Marxist critical theory with ethnographic research to analyse structural, symbolic and direct violence of resource extractivism, and analysed how these different dimensions of violence create precarity and shape possibilities of contestation and transformative politics in rural Mozambique. His thesis was nominated for the 2018 Lewis Prize by the Political Studies Association UK. Currently, Gediminas is working on a book manuscript provisionally enticed The Politics of Precarity: Spaces of Extractivism, Violence, and Suffering in Mozambique.

Besides his own work, Gediminas has carried out policy-­oriented research with FAO, UNOPS and DFID across the region of Southern Africa.

Publications

Teaching

  • Between 2015 and 2018, Gediminas worked as a Teaching Assistant on a number of courses on the politics of development and globalisation in the Politics Department at the University of Manchester.