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Gediminas Lesutis

Working title of thesis

The political effects of planetary urbanisation in rural Mozambique


My research project analyses the political effects of planetary urbanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The central focus of the project is the production of political subjectivities through experiences of domination, contestation, and alienation invoked by the processes of planetary urbanisation in agrarian areas of Mozambique.

For this, I conceptualise “land grabbing” in Sub-Saharan Africa as a form of extended urbanisation and suggest that it creates particular forms of political subjectivity that function within, as well as resist, larger structural frameworks set by the homogeneity of capitalist planetary urbanisation.

Academic supervisors

Planned submission date

December 2017

Research interests

Global political economy, political ecology, structural violence, planetary urbanisation, production of space, subjectivity, politics of land and natural resource governance in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • BScEcon International Politics and the Third World, First Class Honours, Aberystwyth University, 2012.
  • MSc Food and Water Security, Distinction, Aberystwyth University, 2013.

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant for the course “The Politics of the Global Economy”, University of Manchester, Politics, 2015.


ESRC NWDTC scholarship

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