Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova
Phone+43 512 507-53357
AddressTechnikerstraße 21A, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
OfficeICT 3N03
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Svetlana Abramova


  • We are hiring a PhD student! We can offer a 4-year work contract of 30 hours per week, 15 of which are reserved for your own PhD research. Benefits and social security are included. Topics are flexible within the scope of what we can advise. What matters is personal fit and a passion to do world-class research. The legally binding vacancy note allows you to apply online by 16 January 2023.

Research Interests

  • Behavioral aspects of security and privacy
  • Decentralized cryptographic currencies
  • Game theory for security and privacy


since 09/2022 Assistant Professor (tenure track with qualification agreement), Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria
08/2022 – 10/2022 Visiting Researcher, Department of Information Systems, University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland
01/2019 – 08/2022 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria
02/2017 – 12/2018 Research Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria
03/2015 – 01/2017 Research Assistant, IT Security Research Group (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Böhme), University of Münster, Germany, seconded to the University of Innsbruck, Austria
04/2013 – 02/2015 Senior IT Consultant, Banking and Regulatory Management, zeb GmbH, Münster, Germany


2015 – 2019 Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria
2010 – 2012 M.Sc. in Information Systems, University of Münster, Germany
2006 – 2010 B.Sc. in Business Informatics, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia


  • Abramova, S., Böhme, R., Elsinger, H., Stix, H., and Summer, M. What Can CBDC Designers Learn from Asking Potential Users? Results from a Survey of Austrian Residents. Working Papers of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, (July 2022), No 241. [Publisher]
  • Abramova, S. and Böhme, R. Out of the Dark: The Effect of Law Enforcement Actions on Cryptocurrency Market Prices. In APWG eCrime Researchers Summit (ECRIME). 2021. [PDF] [Publisher]
  • Abramova, S., Voskobojnikov, A., Beznosov, K., and Böhme, R. Bits Under the Mattress: Understanding Different Risk Perceptions and Security Behaviors of Crypto-Asset Users. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM CHI). (virtual) Yokohama, Japan, 2021. [PDF] [Video]
  • Voskobojnikov, A., Abramova, S., Beznosov, K., and Böhme, R. Non-Adoption of Crypto-Assets: Exploring the Role of Trust, Self-Efficacy, and Risk. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). (virtual) Marrakesh, Morocco, 2021. [PDF]
  • Abramova, S. Security and Privacy in Online Payment Systems: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. 2019.
  • Abramova, S., Schöttle, P., and Böhme, R. Mixing Coins of Different Quality: A Game-Theoretic Approach. In M. Brenner at al., ed., 4th Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research, in assocation with Financial Cryptography and Data Security. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10323, Springer, Cham, 2017, pp. 280–297. [PDF]
  • Riek, M., Abramova, S., and Böhme, R. Analyzing Persistent Impact of Cybercrime on the Societal Level: Evidence for Individual Security Behavior. In Proceedings of the Thirty Eigths International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Seoul, Korea, 2017. [PDF]
  • Abramova, S. and Böhme, R. Perceived Benefit and Risk as Multidimensional Determinants of Bitcoin Use: A Quantitative Exploratory Study. In Proceedings of the Thirty Seventh International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Dublin, Ireland, 2016. [PDF]
  • Abramova, S. and Böhme, R. Detecting Copy–Move Forgeries in Scanned Text Documents. In Proceedings of IS&T Electronic Imaging: Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics 2016. San Francisco, CA, 2016. [PDF]