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Gediminas Lesutis BScEcon MSc PhD

Gediminas Lesutis BScEcon MSc PhD

Research Associate with Dr Chris Sandbrook

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.



  • 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


Gediminas' research interests include Critical Theory, Global Politics and Africa, Critical Development Studies, Global Political Economy, Ethnography, the Politics of Knowledge.

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. This project, led by UNEP-WCMC, is seeking to improve knowledge and capacity for the delivery of environmentally and socially sustainable development corridors in East Africa.

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 in profoundly contradictory ways. In his doctoral thesis, Gediminas focused on the politics of precarity and consolidated post-Marxist critical theory with ethnographic research to analyse how neoliberal enclavisation results in increasing disposability of rural populations in Mozambique. His thesis was nominated for the 2018 Lewis Prize by the Political Studies Association UK.

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



  • 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.