Joonas Taras

Research Topic:

Comparative political economy; Nature of digital capitalism; Local participatory development
Government and Politics Network
St Catherine’s College
DPhil Politics


My research interests include:

  • Examining the effects of political-institutional variables on the nature of digital capitalism,
  • Understanding the dynamics of participation and its local development effects,
  • Institutions and organisations,
  • Public Policy,
  • Political Economy


  • PhD candidate in Politics (Political Economy), 2016-..., University of Oxford 
  • MSc Politics Research with Statistics, 2014, University of Oxford
  • BSc Government, 2013, London School of Economics 
  • BA Economics and Politics, 2012, Sciences Po Paris 

Skills and Training Received

  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods, R Labs (applied statistics), Qualitative Methods, University of Oxford
  • Mathematics for Statistics, Mathematics for Economics, London School of Economics

Academic Teaching

  • Quantitative Methods Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA), Oxford Q-Step Centre, 2020-21, University of Oxford 
  • Comparative Political Economy tutorials, PPE final year course, 2019-20 & 2020-21, University of Oxford 

Research Assistance

  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, 2018-19, University of Oxford 
  • Research Assistant for Professor L A Payne, LAC, 2017, University of Oxford 
  • Research Assistant for Professor R Zubek, DPIR, 2014, University of Oxford 

Other Academic Activities

Political Economy Research Group, Chairs: Professor J Gingrich, Professor D Rueda, 2017-21, University of Oxford 

Pembroke-King’s College Exchange, in Development and International Macroeconomics, 2013, University of Cambridge 

Awards and Scholarships

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Estonia, Doctoral Fellowship, 2016-19
  • National Thesis Competition of Estonia, Social Sciences, Master’s degree category, 3rd prize, 2015
  • UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship, 2013-14 
  • Clarendon Fund Scholarship, University of Oxford, 2013-14
  • Young Scholar Grant, Ministry of Education of Estonia, 2009-12 

Invited Talks and Conference Presentations

  • Solving the Sharing Economy Challenge: The Case of Estonia. Presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) Conference at Stanford University, United States. June, 2018.
  • Political Economy of Platform Policies: Who Wins and Why? Presentation at the Political Science Seminar Series at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. March, 2018.


  • French (fluent),
  • Spanish (fluent),
  • Estonian (native),
  • Italian (basic),
  • Russian (basic).
Joonas Taras

Research summary




 4.   Taras, Joonas (2016). Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Impact on Municipal Spending and Citizens’ Wellbeing. Tallinn: Digital Archive of National Library.

 3.   Diniz, Laura; Meunier, Frédéric; Mortada, Haya; Rakhimova, Parvina; Taras, Joonas (2015). Registering Property: The Paths of Digitization. Washington DC: World Bank.

 2.   Taras, Joonas (2012). New Wave of Enlargement: Is the EU Enlargement Fatigue Finally Over for This Time? Diplomaatia, 105 (5). 

 1.   Taras, Joonas (2010). Mistral-Class Assault Vessels Sales Transaction in French Written Media. International Centre for Defence Studies (ICDS) Working Paper Series 10/2010.