Dr Egle Cesnulyte

Dr Egle Cesnulyte

Dr Egle Cesnulyte
Lecturer in Politics/International Development

1.07, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 331 7272

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I am interested in the political economy of everyday, gender, sexualities and African politics. My research has explored how neo-liberalism influenced practices and discourses affect social, economic and gender structures; and how women in disadvantaged positions within these systems attempt to manoeuvre them for their own survival and advancement.

Before joining Bristol in 2015, I taught International Development, Political Economy and African Politics related modules at the Universities of Leeds and Warwick.  I hold a BA in Economics (Vilnius University), a MSc in International Development (University of Bristol) and a PhD in Politics (University of Leeds).


My research so far has focused on Kenya and used a gender lens to explore the political economy of Kenya and the limits of women’s agency within it.

My doctoral research relied on the life-stories of self-identified sex workers of Mombasa to explore questions of agency in neoliberal Kenya. I later moved on to interrogate sex worker activism and politics in East Africa.

Currently I am developing my research in two directions:

  1. I am interested in exploring gendered consequences of new large infrastructure projects in East African states.
  2. I am working with colleagues from Sociology and Anthropology to develop a new project on informality in food security strategies of Turks and Caicos Islands.


- Gender and Development (PGT)

- Politics of the Global South (UG 1st year)

- Politics of sub-Saharan Africa (UG 2nd year)

Latest publications

  1. Cesnulyte, E, 2017, ‘Gendered Agency in Constrained Circumstances: Researching Women Selling Sex in Kenya’. in: Gordon Crawford, Lena J Kruckenberg, Nicholas Loubere, Rosemary Morgan (eds) Understanding Global Development Research: Fieldwork Issues, Experiences and Reflections. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, pp. 83-89
  2. Cesnulyte, E, 2017, ‘Gendering the extraverted state: the politics of the Kenyan sex workers’ movement’. Review of African Political Economy, vol 44., pp. 595-610
  3. Cesnulyte, E, 2016, ‘“It comes – it goes. Yes. That’s the problem with sexual workers money” Mombasa sex workers as economic actors’. in: Nicola Melis (eds) Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Minorities in Africa Institutional, Historical and Socioeconomic factors. ARACNE, Rome, pp. 53-71
  4. Wiegratz, J & Cesnulyte, E, 2016, ‘Money Talks: Moral Economies of Earning a Living in Neoliberal East Africa’. New Political Economy, vol 21., pp. 1-25
  5. Cesnulyte, E, 2015, ‘‘I Do Not Work: I Do Commercial Sex Work’. Ambiguities in the Discourse and Practice of Selling Sex in Mombasa, Kenya’. Development and Change, vol 46., pp. 1159?1178

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