Cryptomarkets: A Research Companion

James Martin
Swinburne University, Australia

Jack Cunliffe
University of Kent, UK

Rasmus Munksgaard
University of Montreal, Canada

Product Details
25 Oct 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
184 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Studies In Digital Crime, Technology and Social Harms
Since the launch of the infamous Silk Road, the use of cryptomarkets - illicit markets for drugs on the dark web - has expanded rapidly around the world. Cryptomarkets: A Research Companion is an accessible, detailed guidebook which offers all the tools necessary to begin researching cryptomarket phenomena and the dark web trade in illicit drugs. 

Offering an in-depth historical account of the development of cryptomarkets up until the present day, the book goes on to examine key trends and findings regarding the contemporary operations of cryptomarkets. The principal methodologies used to conduct cryptomarket research, as well as questions regarding research ethics, are further explored. Finally, the authors outline underdeveloped areas of the field and pose key questions for future cryptomarket research. 

Whether an academic researcher, post-graduate student, law enforcement officer, or public health professional, this book is essential reading for those researching and working in the realm of cryptomarkets.
Chapter 1. A Modern-Day History of Cryptomarkets 
Chapter 2. The Current State of the Cryptomarket Trade 
Chapter 3. Cryptomarket Research Methods, Ethics and Epistemologies 
Chapter 4. Charting the Unknown and Future Directions
James Martin is Associate Professor in Criminology at at Swinburne University of Technology. He is one of the founding members of the Cryptomarkets Research Hub and the author of Drugs on the Darknet (2014).  
Jack Cunliffe is a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Criminology at the University of Kent. His research on the function, research opportunities and implications of cryptomarkets has been published in multiple journals. 
Rasmus Munksgaard is a PhD student in criminology at the University of Montreal School of Criminology. He has published several articles on the politics of cryptomarkets and drug trafficking.

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