Meropi Tzanetakis is a lecturer at the University of Vienna and Senior Researcher at the Vienna Centre for Societal Security. She holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Vienna having completed a thesis on drug dealing under the conditions of neoliberal transformation of the European Union. Meropi’s current research investigates social transformation processes in the context of the recent phenomenon of darknet drug markets. Her research focuses particularly on the question of how a set of technological innovations enable systematically bypassing drug control policies by purchasing and selling illicit drugs of any kind globally. Her research interests include illicit drug markets, digital technology, the darknet, virtual currencies, political economy, the sociology of markets and organised crime. The results of her research have been published in journals such as the International Journal of Drug Policy, presented at numerous conferences and have been disseminated to a wide audience in a number of interviews with the media.