Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis is an Erwin-Schrödinger Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex and a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna.
Meropi’s research explores the social and political foundations of digital markets and examines the interrelation between economic and social action. Her interests have centred on questions of coordination and governance of anonymous platforms on the darknet. She is editor of Drugs, Darknet and Organised Crime (Nomos, 2019).
Meropi’s new research project focuses on how social interactions enable market exchange on anonymous online markets for drugs. The project is funded with an Erwin-Schrödinger Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action).
Meropi holds a PhD (distinction) in Political Science from the University of Vienna (2013), and a MA (distinction) in Political Science, Media and Communication Studies from the University of Vienna (2005).
Dr. Tzanetakis has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, where she was an Erwin-Schrödinger Fellow, at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, and at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Jacobs University Bremen.
Dr. Tzanetakis was also a senior researcher at the Vienna Centre for Societal Security where she developed, conducted and coordinated collaborative security research projects funded by the European Commission (FP7 programme) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (KIRAS programme).
Earlier international collaborative projects include Virtual centre of excellence for research support and coordination on societal security (SOURCE), Foresight Tools for Responding to cascading effects in a crisis (FORTESS), Addressing and Preventing of Organized Financial Crime with Virtual Currencies (BITCRIME) and Virtual Drug Trafficking - A New Challenge in Combating Organized Crime (VIDRO).
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