Conference Presentations

2022, The social construction of crime. The case of drug use and drug trafficking, panel organisation, Student Conference Social Work 2022, 29 June 2022, University of Applied Sciences Campus Vienna, Austria

2022, Illicit drugs in digital Western societies, paper presentation, Nigel South Retirement Conference, 17 June 2022, University of Essex, United Kingdom

2021, Surveillance capitalism and a new dialectic of self-exploitation. The case of drug selling platforms (with Stefan Marx), paper presentation, 15th conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), 31 August-September, Barcelona, Virtual Conference

2021, Herausforderungen bei der Rechtsdurchsetzung auf illegalen Online-Plattformen, Präsentation, gemeinsamer Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) und der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (ÖGS), 23.-25. August, Virtual Conference

2021, Digital Platforms for Illicit Drugs and Information Capitalism. A New Dialectic (with Stefan Marx), paper presentation, 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, 2-5 July 2021, Virtual Conference

2021, Über die Rolle von Daten im Informationskapitalismus, paper presentation, Heinz Steinert-Symposium, 9.–10. April, Vienna, Virtual Conference

2020, Reducing harm and efficient markets? Surveillance capitalism and a new dialectic of self-exploitation (with Stefan Marx), paper presentation, 31st Annual Conference of the European Society for Social Drug Research, 24-25 September, University of Vienna, Virtual Conference

2020, Sociotechnical practices and the formation of online markets for illicit goods, paper presentation, 4S/EASST 2020 Conference, 18-21 August, Prague, Virtual Conference

2020, Price Formation in Illicit Online Markets: Risk and uncertainty (with Rasmus Munksgaard), paper presentation, 32st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, 18-21 July, Amsterdam, Virtual Conference

2019, Circumventing Social Control – The Use of Advance Payments in Illicit Online Markets (with Rasmus Munksgaard), paper presentation, 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, 13–16 November, San Francisco, USA

2019, Self-governance by darknet drug markets, paper presentation, 30th Annual Conference of the European Society for Social Drug Research, 26–28 September, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

2019, Digital technologies and the transformation of the social organization of illegal market, paper presentation, 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, 27-29 June, The New School, New York City, USA

2018, Governance by Cryptomarkets for Drugs (with Christian Katzenbach), paper presentation, 19th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, 10-13 October, Montréal, Canada

2018, New challenges for the governance of global illicit markets, paper presentation, 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 12–15 September, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

2018, I’m not a robot. Establishing credibility, doing reflexivity and gaining access in Internet research (with Mareile Kaufmann), paper presentation, 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 12–15 September, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

2018, Lawless Wild West or self-regulation? The case of anonymous online markets, paper presentation, General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research 2018, August 22–25, Universität Hamburg, Germany

2017, Märkte. Drogen. Internet. Über Gestaltungsspielräume zur Regulierung von Kryptomärkten für Drogen, Präsentation, Fachtagung: Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2017, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft, 30. November–1. Dezember, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Austria

2017, Stable worlds on cryptomarkets? Resolving the problem of cooperation, paper presentation, 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), 29 August – 1 September, Athens, Greece

2017, Long-term measurement of a cryptomarket. A characterisation of sellers and buyers over time, paper presentation, 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 17–19, Aarhus University, Denmark

2016, Darknet drug markets (with Tanja Bukac), Keynote, Final Conference ‘Organised Crime Between Virtual and Material Drug Dealing’, November 22, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

2016, Development of structures and trends of online drug markets (with Tanja Bukac), paper presentation, 27th Annual Conference of the European Society for Social Drug Research (ESSD), September 22–24, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany

2016, Trust and distrust in an anonymous online environment. The case of cryptomarkets for drugs, paper presentation, 7th Conference of the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, July 4–8, Institute for Population and Human Studies, Topola, Bulgaria

2015, Drug dealing on cryptomarkets: Transforming concepts, paper presentation, 1st General Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime: Old and new forms of organised and serious crime between the local and the global, December 11–12, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Naples, Italy

2015, Aus politischer Überzeugung oder Business for Profit? Drogenhandel im Darknet (with Roger von Laufenberg), Präsentation, Fachtagung: Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2015, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft, 27.–28. November, Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg, Austria

2015, Cascading effects in crises: categorisation and analysis of triggers (with Kim Hagen & Hayley Watson), paper presentation, 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, May 24–27, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

2015, Better understanding of differences and similarities between online and offline drug distribution (with Bernd Werse), paper presentation, 9th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 20–22, Ghent University, Belgium

2014, Kann eine neoliberale Transformation der Strukturen des EU-Binnenmarktes illegalen Drogengroßhandel begünstigen?, Präsentation, Fachtagung: Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2014. Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft, 28.–29. November, Universität Wien, Austria

2014, Warum sind virtuelle Währungen trotz ihrer hohen Volatilität attraktiv? Über Volatilität, Wertstabilität, Vertrauen und Kontrolle bei virtuellen Währungen, Präsentation, Interdisziplinäre Konferenz „Der schöne Schein. Symbolik und Ästhetik von Banknoten“, 17. –19. Oktober, Universität Augsburg, Germany

2014, How is trust and loyalty built within a higher level drug dealing network?, poster presentation, 8th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 21–23, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

2013, Added Value: Understanding the Organization of an Upper-Level Drug Dealing Network, paper presentation, 7th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). September 4–7, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Domaine Universitaire, France

2012, Organisation des Großhandels von illegalen Drogen in der EU. Eine Fallstudie, Präsentation, Fachtagung: Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2012, 29. –30. November, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Austria

2012, Understanding High-Level Drug Trafficking in the European Union. A Qualitative Study, presentation, 23th Annual Conference of the European Society for Social Drug Research, October 4–6, Panteion University, Athens, Greece

2012, A Case Study on an Austrian Upper-Level Drug Dealing Network, paper presentation, 6th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), May 30–31, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom

2011, Does a Neoliberal Reconstruction of the European Union Affect Upper-Level Drug Dealing? A Case Study, paper presentation, 39th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. September 3–7, University of Savoy, Chambéry, France

2011, Austrian Pending Deportation: Current Situation and Problems of Refugees, paper presentation, Symposium: Migration, Integration and Discourse in Europe. Center for Austrian Studies, May 6, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2011, The Organization of Upper-Level Drug Dealing in the European Union, presentation, Summer Retreat: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. 24.–26. Mai, Bad Bederkesa, Deutschland

2011, Neoliberale Restrukturierung der EU: Zusammenhänge zwischen dem Projekt des des europäischen Binnenmarktes und Großhandel mit illegalen Drogen in der EU, Vortrag, Fachtagung: Neuere Theorien der Internationalen Politischen Ökonomie. Deutsche Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft, 30. März–1. April, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Deutschland

2009, Research Workshop: Qualitative Content Analysis, 5. Berliner Methodentreffen, June 26–27, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Invited Talks

2022, How does the use of digital technologies change the social organisation of illicit markets?, invited talk, Society for Sociology, Department of Sociology, 9 May, University of Graz, Austria

2022, Critique of the political economy of digital capitalism. The example of the global drug trade, invited talk, Lecture Series "ie.talks", Department of Development Studies, 12 January, University of Vienna, Austria

2022, Darknet - The digitisation of the drug economy?, invited talk, Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics, 10 January, University of Leipzig, Germany

2021, Darknet: content, forms of acquisition and security aspects, invited talk, Vienna Addiction Symposium 2021, 19 November, Anton Proksch Institute, Austria

2021, The COVID-19 pandemic and digital transformations, invited talk, Lecture Series "The International Political Economy of the Corona Crisis: Current Conflicts, Contradictions and Developments", Department of Political Science, 19 May, University of Vienna, Austria

2020, How darknet drug users behave themselves. Self-governance of cryptomarket platforms, invited talk, Criminology Café series, Department of Criminology, 17 February, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

2019, Dealing with uncertainty on anonymous online marketplaces, Conceptual Workshop “Uncertainty”, Research Focus “Knowledge Societies”, 29 November, University of Vienna, Austria

2019, Security in a digital Europe, invited speaker, Whitsun Dialogues, Digital Europe. No borders, no limits?, 6 June, Seggau Castle, Leibnitz, Austria

2019, Cyber security strategies, panel discussion, 20th Annual International Security Conference "Gdansk Talks", 15 May, Gdansk, Poland

2019, Ethical challenges when doing ethnographic research on hidden online communities, invited talk, Oxford Digital Ethnography Group Seminar Series, Oxford Internet Institute, 8 May, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

2019, Markets, encryption technologies and illicit drugs, public lecture, 32nd Annual Graduate Conference, Department of Sociology, 24 April, University of Essex, United Kingdom

2019, Darknet. Wie die Digitalisierung den Drogenerwerb verändert, public lecture, Fachtagung: 6. Studientage - Komplexe Suchtarbeit, 18 March, Caritas Akademie, Graz, Austria

2019, Reducing and renewing uncertainty on anonymous online platforms for drugs, public lecture, 14 February, Seminar Series, Centre for Criminology & Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, United Kingdom

2019, New psychoactive substances and drug policy challenges, invited talk, Regional Conference on new psychoactive substances, Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP), 6 February, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

2019, Digital Technologies and Organized Crime, invited talk, Winter School on Transnational Organised Crime, European Consortium for Political Research`s Standing Group on Organised Crime, 23 January, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Vienna, Austria

2018, Potential harm reduction capacity of darknet drug markets, invited talk, EU National Drug Coordinators Meeting – Challenges and possibilities for prevention of drug use in the Internet including Darknet, Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 7-8 October, Austria Center Vienna, Austria

2018, Challenges and possibilities for prevention of drug use in the Internet including Darknet, panel discussion, EU National Drug Coordinators Meeting, Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, 7-8 October, Vienna, Austria

2018, Encrypted commerce platforms on the darknet. Security requirements for solving coordination problems, invited talk, 25 September, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, Norway

2018, Digital technologies and illegal markets, invited speaker, Research Colloquium of the Chair of International Relations Prof. Anja Jakobi, 21 June, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany

2018, Comparing cryptomarkets for drugs. A characterisation of sellers and buyers, guest lecture, Annual Meeting of Drug related Cybercrime, Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, 18 April, Dublin

2018, Das Internet als Marktplatz für psychoaktive Substanzen: Händler_innen, Kund_innen und Aspekte der Schadensminimierung, public lecture, 20. März, 19. Jugendtagung - Kryptomärkte, Infotainment & Prävention, Institut Suchtprävention, Verein I.S.I. – Initiativen für soziale Integration, Linz, Österreich

2018, I’m not a robot. Gaining access to hard-to-reach populations through credibility and reflexivity (with Dr. Mareile Kaufmann), public lecture, 1 March, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway

2018, Exploring the cashless society: money, security, technology,value(s), participation as invited speaker in a workshop on the nexus between society, values and technology, 12-13 February, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway

2017, Understanding social embeddedness of economic action. The case of cryptomarkets for drugs, presentation, 8 December, Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt (Norwegian Institute of Public Health), Oslo, Norway

2017, The anonymity paradox on darknet markets, public lecture, 9 November, Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway

2017, Wie groß ist die Gefahr für staatliche Strukturen durch die Organisierte Kriminalität?, Podiumsdiskussion, Workshop XVI: Organisierte Kriminalität - Theorie und Praxis, Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit, 9. Oktober, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

2017, Das Deep Web und Darknet zwischen Freiheit und Sicherheit, public lecture, 14. September, Grüne Bildungswerkstatt, Graz, Österreich

2017, Strukturen des Drogenhandels auf Kryptomärkten, conference presentation, #DrugScience2017, 9. September, Charité Campus Mitte, Berlin, Deutschland

2017, New Frontiers in Psychedelic Medicine and Internet, panel discussion, #DrugScience2017, 9. September, Charité Campus Mitte, Berlin, Deutschland

2017, Die Bedeutung der Kriminalwissenschaften für die Sicherheitswirtschaft, public lecture, NBS – Northern Business School, Berufungsvortrag, 26. Mai, Hamburg, Deutschland

2017, Digitaler Salon: Out of the Dark, Panel Discussion, 26. April, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Deutschland

2017, Drogenmärkte im Internet – Chancen und Risiken, Plenumsvortrag, 7. April, Sucht- und Drogenkoordination Wien, Österreich

2017, Anonymous drug markets on the Internet, Public Brown Bag Lunch Talk, 18. Januar, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Deutschland

2016, Harm Reduction durch anonyme Drogenmärkte und Diskussionsforen im Internet?, Plenumsvortrag, Fachtagung: Überleben in Drogenszenen, 16. November, Nürnberg, Deutschland

2016, Drogen über das Internet? Über Fakten und Mythen, Vortrag, Suchtkoordination Niederösterreich, 19. Oktober, St. Pölten, Österreich

2016, VIDRO - Virtueller Drogenhandel - Eine neue Herausforderung bei der Bekämpfung Organisierter Kriminalität, Präsentation, 6. KIRAS Fachtagung, 18. Oktober, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Wien, Österreich

2016, Demokratie von Unten. Politik anders machen – wieder Geschichte schreiben!, Podiumsdiskussion, Sommerakademie, Grüne Bildungswerkstatt, 9. Juli, Kapfenberg, Österreich

2016, Drogenmärkte im Darknet. Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektive, Plenumsvortrag, Fachtagung Sucht, 23.-24. Juni, Landesklinikum Mauer, Österreich

2016, Illegale Drogenmärkte im Internet“, Vortrag im Rahmen der Vorlesung „Grundlagen der Kriminologie, Institut für Strafrecht und Kriminologie, 18. April, Universität Wien, Österreich

2015, Virtueller Drogenhandel – Eine neue Herausforderung bei der Bekämpfung Organisierter Kriminalität (mit Dr. Reinhard Kreissl), Präsentation, 5. KIRAS Fachtagung, 5. November, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie, Wien, Österreich

2015, Organisierte Kriminalität zwischen virtuellem und realem Drogenhandel (mit Dr. Bernd Werse), Präsentation, „Zivile Sicherheit – Schutz vor organisierter Kriminalität“, 18.-19. Februar, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Düsseldorf, Deutschland

2014, Wie kann Drogenhandel empirisch beforscht werden? Eine Fallstudie über Organisationsweisen eines Netzwerks von Drogengroßhändlern, Gastvortrag, 27. März, SBA Research, Wien, Österreich

2014, BürgerInnenforum zu Sicherheit, Überwachung und Privatsphäre im Rahmen des EU-Projektes SurPRISE (Surveillance, Privacy and Security), Tischmoderation, 22. Februar, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, Österreich.

2013, Organisation von Drogengroßhandel in Europa und Neoliberalismus, Präsentation, Fachtagung: Sektion Drogenforschung in der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (ÖGS), 4. Dezember, Europ. Zentrum für Wohlfahrtspolitik und Sozialforschung, Wien, Österreich

Popular Media

2019, Austrian University of Vienna, „Mit dem FWF Erwin-Schrödinger Postdoc Programm ins Ausland“, DoktorandInnenzentrum der Universität Wien, 4 November

2019, Austrian University of Vienna, “Book tip of the month by Meropi Tzanetakis”, 9 April

2019, Austrian daily Kleine Zeitung, “50 Prozent des Dark Nets sind legale Inhalte”, p.16-17, 24 March

2019, Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, “Trial of massive child porn network stirs debate on preventing abuse”, 06 March

2018, Austrian radio Ö1, program “Journal-Panorama”, “Mit einem Klick zum Rausch. Drogen im Internet”, 20 November

2018, German radio Radioeins, program ‘Die Profis’, "Wissenschaft: Drogenhandel im Darknet - Ein Kinderspiel?", 24 March

2018, Austrian TV channel ORF OÖ, "Drogenumschlagplatz Darknet" , 21 March

2018, German daily Frankfurter Rundschau, "Jede Elfjährige kann Drogen bestellen", 16 March

2018, German daily Berliner Zeitung, "Jede Elfjährige kann Drogen über das Darknet bestellen", p. 16, 13 March

2018, German daily Berliner Zeitung, "Forschung im Darknet „Das Thema Drogenhandel ist sehr von Mythen geprägt", 13 March

2018, German radio Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, program 'Kulturtermin' , 28 February

2017, German radio Deutschlandradio, program 'Hörsaal', "Kryptomärkte: Der Postbote als Drogenhändler" (Alternative url), 2 December

2017, Austrian radio FM4, program ‘Connected’, "Das Darknet und die Drogen" , 13 November

2017, Austrian monthly magazine 'DATUM. Magazin für Politik und Gesellschaft',"Amazon für Drogen. Wie das Darknet den Rauschgifthandel revolutioniert" , no. 11, pp. 36-43.

2017, German magazine 'GALORE. Interviews', interview, no.25, p.56, 4 October

2017, Austrian radio Ö1, program 'Mittagsjournal', 26 August

2017, HIIG blog post ‚Das Dilemma um die Anonymität des Darknets’ (The dilemma of an anonymous darknet) , 10 March

2016, Sommerlabor blog post "Über das Verhältnis von Demokratie, Staat und Markt" , 1 July

2016, German magazine 'Motherboard für Wissenschaft und Technik', "Ist Drogen nehmen durch das Darknet eigentlich sicherer geworden?"" , 16 June

2016, Austrian daily Die Presse, "Die Software auf der Spur des Verbrechens" , 6 November

2014, Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung,""Der Schwarzafrikaner" im Jus-Lehrbuch" , 17 June

Contact Me

Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis

Senior Scientist
Department of Applied Sociology of Law and Criminology
University of Innsbruck
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna, Austria
+43-1-4277-494 85
meropi.tzanetakis@univie.ac.at
013E EB43 74D3 B441 86ED 2B51 FB5F 9A3D 2DDB 2CA9