Samprati Pani | Department of Sociology


PhD Research Scholar
Department of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
Shiv Nadar University
Profile Summary 

Samprati Pani is a PhD candidate at the department of sociology, Shiv Nadar University, working on the weekly bazaars of Delhi. Through intersections of urban informality, design and spatial practices, her research focuses on the making of these itinerant and impermanent bazaars, and how they co-constitute the culture and everyday life of the city. She has previously worked in academic publishing for close to a decade and is also trained as a graphic designer, with a specialization in book design. She blogs on various aspects of the everyday city at

Educational Qualifications 
MPhil in Sociology
Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
MA in Sociology
Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
BA (Hons) in Sociology
Lady Sriram College, University of Delhi
Work Experience 
Oxford University Press,
New Delhi
Sage Publications,
New Delhi
Guest Lecturer,
Department of Sociology, Jamia Milia Islamia University,
New Delhi
Guest Lecturer,
Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi,
New Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Teaching assistant for 'Academic Excellence' (Monsoon 2015); ‘State, Citizenship, Bureaucracy’ and ‘Agrarian Worlds’ (Spring 2016); Work, Labour, Industry (Monsoon 2018).

Research interests inculde everyday aesthetics, city spaces, place making, street typography and practices of street vending.

Conferences (Select): 

‘Our Monday Bazaar: Informality, Routines and the Making of a Neighbourhood’, at the workshop ‘Neighbourhoods in Times of Crisis and Change’, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, 17–18 May

‘(How to Make) Sense of a Bazaar: Design, Techniques and Making of Informal City Spaces’, Special Guest Lecture, School of Design, Ambedkar University Delhi, 23 February 2018

‘Bazaar Designs: Making Sense of Making’, at the conference ‘Dilli: Perspectives on Delhi’, as part of a panel on ‘Making Space in Delhi: Ethnographic Explorations’, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, 6 October 2016

‘Hafta Bazaars in/of Delhi: The Making of an Object and Field in Movement', at the workshop ‘Reimagining the Field’ as part of a panel on ‘City, Space and the Everyday’, Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, 16 March 2016


UGC-NET for Lectureship and the Junior Research Fellowship, June 2004

National Scholarship under the Centre of Advanced Studies, 2001–2003