Joonas Taras

Mr Joonas Taras

Research topic:
Participatory democracy and local development; political consequences of new technologies.
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Democracy and Democratisation Public Policy Political Economy Institutions and organisations 

Academic Profile

Research Interests: Understanding the dynamics of participatory democracy and its local development effects. Examining the political consequences of new technologies.



PhD candidate in Politics, University of Oxford (2016-)

MSc in Politics Research, University of Oxford (2014)

BSc in Government, London School of Economics (2013)

BA in Social Sciences, Sciences Po Paris (2012)


Skills and Training Received

Intermediate Quantitative Methods, R Labs, Qualitative Methods, University of Oxford.

Mathematics for Statistics, Mathematics for Economics, London School of Economics.


Academic Teaching

Comparative Political Economy tutor, PPE final year undergraduates (2019-)


Academic Positions

Research Affiliate, Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, University of Oxford (2018-2019)

Research Assistant for Prof. L. A. Payne, LAC, University of Oxford (2017)

Research Assistant for Prof. R. Zubek, DPIR, University of Oxford (2014)


Other Academic Activities

Political Economy Research Group, Chairs: Prof. J. Gingrich, Prof. D. Rueda, University of Oxford (2017-2018).

Pembroke-King’s Programme, University of Cambridge (development economics) (2013).



 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.


Awards and Scholarships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Estonia, Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2019).

National Thesis Competition of Estonia, Social Sciences, Master’s degree category, 3rd prize (2015).

UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship (2013-2014).

Clarendon Fund Scholarship, University of Oxford (2013-2014).

Young Scholar Grant, Ministry of Education of Estonia (2009-2012).


Invited Talks and Conference Presentations

Politics of Platform Economy Regulation: 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 Regulation: Actors, Arenas and Policy-Making. Presentation at the Political Science Seminar Series at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. March, 2018.



French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), Estonian (fluent), Italian (basic), Russian (basic).