Joonas Taras is a DPhil Candidate in Politics at Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations, co-supervised by Prof. David Rueda and Prof. Timothy Power. His doctoral research focuses on the political economy behind the regulation of new digital platforms, with a particular emphasis on the role of interest group strategies and electoral incentives in determining regulations around market-disrupting platform firms.
He is currently also working as a macro researcher at the private investment fund Freo Group in Paris. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked as a Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank in Washington D.C. where he was a member of the Ease of Doing Business team. He has also been a Visiting Associate at The Boston Consulting Group and done research at the Inter-American Development Bank’s National Competitiveness Program in Guatemala City.
Joonas holds an MSc Politics Research from Oxford University, a BSc Government from The London School of Economics, and a BA Social Sciences (specialization in economics) from Sciences Po Paris. He has been awarded a Clarendon Scholarship, a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship, and a Full Scholarship from the Archimedes Fund. He speaks fluent French, Estonian and Spanish.