ConPolicy GmbH is a research and consulting firm founded in 2010. Its services are aimed at public institutions, organizations and companies which deal with consumer policy issues. The institute is directed by Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun.
In recent years, the institute has implemented research and advisory mandates for the German Federal Government, German state consumer protection ministries, the European Commission, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), the Otto Group, the REWE Group and ING among many others (References / Customers).
We support policymakers in executing effective consumer policy. ConPolicy also advises companies how to live up to consumer expectations' for a responsible business conduct.
Together with our clients, we are committed to sustainable structures in consumer policy, effective consumer policy instruments and behavior-based policies in various consumer markets.
Our mission is to offer our clients independent advice, which is based on facts and evidence. In order to achieve this, we undertake scientifically-sound empirical and analytical studies and bring together relevant consumer policy stakeholders at our dialogue events. – We work in the national, European and international context.
Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun is a recognized expert in consumer policy. He advises the German Federal Government and the European Commission, among others, on consumer issues. more
Dr. Annette Cerulli-Harms is responsible for leading projects which use behavioral change interventions focusing on areas such as retail finance, digitalization, real estate and sustainability management. more
Dr. Jana Diels is responsible for consulting projects and studies in the areas of consumer policy and consumer behavior. Her thematic focus includes sustainable consumption, youth participation as well as structures and instruments of consumer policy. more
Dr. Sara Elisa Kettner is responsible for consulting projects and studies in the areas consumer policy and behavioral insights focusing on the topics digitalization, sustainability and corporate digital responsibility. more
Dr. Otmar Lell is an expert in the fields of consumer policy and consumer law. His focus includes regulatory approaches in consumer policy, digitalization, issues of consumer law enforcement as well as consumer interests and sustainable development. more
Marlene Münsch is an expert in conducting quantitative and qualitative empirical studies to investigate consumer behavior. She is responsible for consumer policy studies and consulting projects focusing on sustainability, digital transformation and alternative consumption patterns. more
Dr. Viola Muster is project manager for consumer research and responsible for planning and implementing studies on consumer behavior, sustainable consumption and consumer policy. more
Dr. Julius Rauber is an expert in consumer surveys and empirical analyses. In particular, he examines consumer behaviour in the areas of mobility, the digital world and sustainability.more
As an institute, we value cooperation and connection with people working in other institutions. In order to consolidate this cooperation, some of our former employees are associated with ConPolicy as fellows. Where appropriate, we cooperate with our fellows, for example, in the preparation of studies or the conception and moderation of events.
Dr. Max Vetter has been associated with the Institute as a fellow since 2021. more
At ConPolicy, we not only advise clients about best practices in corporate responsibility, we take responsibility for our impacts on society and the environment.
The direct CO2 emissions of ConPolicy are low. However, the CO2 emissions created by our energy use and business trips are minimized by:
We work with the GLS Bank, which has a corporate focus on social, environmental and cultural enterprises and projects.