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 development, 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.

My doctoral research has focused on Kenya, used a gender lens and relied on the life-stories of self-identified sex workers of Mombasa to explore the political economy of Kenya and the limits of women’s agency within it. I currently work on a new project exploring the activism and politics of East African sex workers' movements.

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). 

Current research project:

‘The Politics and Representation of Sex Worker Activism in Kenya’. This project aims to: (a) explore the politics of Kenyan sex worker organisations and movements, analyse how such movements formulate their political ideas and strive to influence policy decisions, and the extent to which their decisions are influenced by international aid donors, international human rights movements and local considerations; and (b) to analyse how this activism, and associated ideas regarding gender and sexuality, are represented in the public sphere (media outlets, discourses by the prominent public figures). Field research (13 December 2015- 24 January 2016) supported by a grant from the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Data is used to write an additional chapter in my monograph and to write two articles on sex worker activism in Kenya/Africa.



- 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, 2019, ‘Selling Sex in Kenya: Gendered Agency under Neoliberalism’. Cambridge University Press
  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, 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
  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, 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
  6. 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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