Dr Maitrayee Deka

Department of Sociology
Dr Maitrayee Deka
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873539

  • Location

    6.328, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday: 1-2 PM Thursday: 10-11 AM



Before joining Essex, I have spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Milan, working on the research project P2PValue, funded by the European Commission's FP7 program.


  • MPhil (Sociology) Delhi School of Economics

  • PhD (Sociology), Graduate School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Economic sociology

Pirate economy

Peer-to-peer networks

Sharing economy

Gender and sexuality

Consumer culture

New Media

Social theory

Current research

My research investigates digitally mediated economic systems; how actors, particularly those engaged in the pirate economy and peer-to-peer networks create a market by having a highly specific relation to economic, ethical as well as aesthetic values.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Continuity and Controversy in Sociology: Sociological Analysis II (SC201)

  • Current Disputes in Sociology: Sociological Analysis III (SC301)

  • Digital Economy (SC508)

  • Placement Year (SC700)

  • Quantitative Research Project (SC830)

  • Research Project: Sociology (SC831)

  • Research Project: Anthropology (SC832)

  • Topics in Contemporary Social Theory (SC901)


Journal articles (4)

Deka, M., (2018). Embodied Commons: Knowledge and Sharing in Delhi's Electronic Bazaars. The Sociological Review. 66 (2), 365-380

Deka, M., (2017). Calculation in the pirate bazaars. Journal of Cultural Economy. 10 (5), 450-461

Deka, M., (2017). Bazaars and Video Games in India. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies. 7 (2), 172-188

Deka, M., (2017). Street level tinkering in the times of 'Make in India'. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization. 17 (4)

+44 (0) 1206 873539


6.328, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday: 1-2 PM Thursday: 10-11 AM