Mag. Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis


Neues Institutsgebäude
Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor
Room: D 211
1010 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-494 85
F: +43-1-4277-949 4

Office hour (does not take place during non-teaching periods/holidays)

Monday, 15:00 – 16:00
Online via Zoom

Meeting ID: 972 5809 8427
Passcode: ugVR86


Courses: u:find

Research interests

Digital Technology, Governance of Markets, Cryptomarkets, Cross-border Crime, Illicit Drug Markets, Security Policy, Health Policy

Short biography

Meropi Tzanetakis is a Senior Postdoc Fellow (FWF) at the Department of Political Science. She studied political science, media studies and communication science at the University of Vienna (master’s degree, 2005) and completed a doctorate at Vienna’s Department of Political Science, where she obtained a distinction for her thesis on organisational structures in the illegal drugs trade in the European Union (Dr. phil., 2013). Within the framework of the FWF-financed Erwin Schrödinger fellowship, Meropi Tzanetakis investigates how social interactions between actors on anonymous drug markets contribute to resolving market uncertainty as concerns the judgment of product value, competition and cooperation. She conducted this research as a guest researcher at the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex (2018–2019) and the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo (2017–2018). Previously, Meropi held positions at a number of institutions, including as a guest researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin (2016–2017), and as a lecturer at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University Berlin (2017), the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Vienna (2016–2017) and the Department for Political Science at the University of Vienna (2016–2017). As a senior researcher at the Vienna Centre for Societal Security (2013–2017), Meropi was responsible for managing numerous research projects in the area of critical security research, which were funded by the European Commission (FP7) and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (KIRAS).

Selected Publications

  • Tzanetakis, Meropi & South, Nigel (eds., 2021): Digital Transformations of Illicit Drugs Markets: Disruptions and Continuities, Bingley: Emerald (forthcoming).
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi & Werse, Bernd (eds., 2021): Drugs and Digital Technologies, Special Issue, Kriminologisches Journal, 53(3) (forthcoming).
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2021): Qualitative Online-Forschungsmethoden:
    Digitale Datenerhebung und ethische Herausforderungen, In: Prainsack, B., Pot, M.: Qualitative und interpretative Methoden in der Politikwissenschaft, Wien: Facultas (im Erscheinen).
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2020). Zur internationalen politischen Ökonomie illegaler Drogen (The political economy of illegal drugs). Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 70(49-50), 37-42.
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2020): Corona und Big Data. Was die Pandemie für die digitale Transformation bedeutet (The Corona virus and big data. What impact the pandemics has on the digital transformation), In: Schmidinger, T., Weidenholzer, J. (Hrg.): Virenregime. Wie die Coronakrise unsere Welt verändert. Befunde, Analyse, Anregungen, Wien:
    bahoe books: 241-250.
  • Kaufmann, Mareile & Tzanetakis, Meropi (2020) Doing internet research with hard-to-reach communities: Methodological reflections about gaining meaningful access, Qualitative Research, 20(6), 927-944. DOI:
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi & Stöver, Heino (Hrg., 2019): Drogen, Darknet und Organisierte Kriminalität. Herausforderungen für Politik, Justiz und Drogenhilfe (Drugs, darknet and organised crime. Challenges for politics, judiciary and drug counselling), Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag. DOI:
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2019): Informal governance on cryptomarkets for illicit drugs, In: Polese, A., Russo, A., Strazzari, F. (eds.): Governance Beyond the Law: The Immoral, The Illegal, The Criminal (pp. 343-361), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI:
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2019): Digitalisierung von illegalen Märkten. Folgen, Grenzen und Perspektiven (Digitalisation of illegal markets. Consequences, limitations and perspectives), In: Feustel, R, Bröckling, U.,Schmidt-Semisch H. (Hrg). Handbuch Drogen in sozial- und kulturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive (pp.477-492), Wiesbaden: Springer VS. DOI:
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2019): Zu den Strukturen des Drogenhandels im Darknet, In: Tzanetakis, M. & Stöver, H. (eds.): Drogen, Darknet und Organisierte Kriminalität. Herausforderungen für Politik, Justiz und Drogenhilfe (pp.113-136), Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag. DOI:
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi (2018): Comparing cryptomarkets for drugs. A characterisation of sellers and buyers over time, International Journal of Drug Policy, 56, 176-186. DOI:
  • Tzanetakis Meropi (2018): Social order of anonymous digital markets. Towards an economic sociology of cryptomarkets (pp. 61–80), In: Potter, G., Fountain, J., Korf, D., eds.: Place, space and time in European drug use, markets and policy. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers, DOI:
  • Tzanetakis Meropi (2018): The darknet’s anonymity dilemma, In: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Ed.): Encore 2017. The Annual Magazine on Internet and Society Research (pp.118-125), Berlin: HIIG. DOI:
  • Werse, Bernd & Tzanetakis, Meropi (Hrg., 2017): Drogen: Märkte, Akteure, Einschätzungen (Drugs: Markets, Actors, and Assessments), Special Issue, Rausch. Wiener Zeitschrift für Suchttherapie, 6(4).
  • Tzanetakis Meropi (2017): Drogenhandel im Darknet. Gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen von Kryptomärkten, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, 67(46-47), 41-46, DOI:
  • Tzanetakis, Meropi, Kamphausen, Gerrit, Werse, Bernd & von Laufenberg, Roger (2016): The transparency paradox. Building trust, resolving disputes and optimising logistics on conventional and online drugs markets, International Journal of Drug Policy, 5, 58-68. DOI: