Dr Tzanakou originally studied for an undergraduate degree in International and European Economic Studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business, followed immediately by an MA in European Institutions and Policymaking at Lancaster University. During her time there, she was selected by the European University Association to be a trainee and towards the end of her period of internship in Brussels, was offered a job as Project Officer. She then returned to academia as a PhD researcher at the Institute, supervised by Professors Kate Purcell and Robert Lindley, comparing the early career experiences of Greek PhD students in Natural Sciences and Engineering who had studied for their doctorates in UK and Greek universities, graduating in April 2012. Since graduating, she has worked on as a part-time researcher at the Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) Research Centre at the University of Oxford, the IER and, in September 2013, was appointed as Research Fellow to work with Professor Alison Rodger, as the co-ordinator and full-time researcher of a small ESRC-funded project on the under-representation and low retention of women in academic science careers. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary ESRC project on precarious pathways to employment for young people, the paths2work project (http://warwick.ac.uk/paths2work).