Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun

Founder and Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun
Founder and Managing Director

Tel: +49 (0)30 2359116-11
Fax: +49 (0)30 2359116-99

Christian Thorun is the founder and managing director of ConPolicy. He is a recognized expert in consumer policy and he advises the German Government, German State Ministries and the European Commission on consumer issues.

In addition to his management duties, he is an advisory board member of the Association for Self-Regulation of the Information Economy (SRIW), he is Co-Chairman of the independent investment committee of ÖKOWORLD and he is an associate member of the Think Tank 30 - a network of young people under the umbrella of the German Society of the Club of Rome. He is also a member of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection's (BMUV) network of consumer research.

Before founding the institute, he was active at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV) in Berlin. Furthermore, from 2013 to 2018 he worked as a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Public Affairs at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

Christian Thorun studied and received his doctorate at Oxford University in the Department of International Relations. He has received several awards for his achievements. In 2001, he received a Cecil Rhodes scholarship for his studies at Oxford. He was also awarded scholarships for several years from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Russian Federation and the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Selected publications

  • Michaelsen, F. et al. (2022) Study to identify initiatives to provide local advice to consumers. Report for Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST)
  • Lell, O. & Thorun, C. (2022). Jahresabrechnungen von Wohnungseigentümergemeinschaften. Studie im Auftrag des DIN Verbraucherrats.
  • Diels, J., Münsch, M. & Thorun, C. (2022). Jugend und Konsum II: Beteiligungsformate für nachhaltigen Konsum. Umweltbundesamt, Texte | 79/2022.
  • Binder, F. et al. (2022). Putting users in the loop: How user research can guide AI development for a consumer-oriented self-service portal. In: Rauterberg, M. (ed) Culture and Computing. HCII 2022. Vol 13324, Springer.
  • Michaelsen et al. (2022): The impact of influencers on advertising and consumer protection in the Single Market. Study requested by the IMCO committee. European Parliament.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • Conference of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection: Keynote: Data power, digital asymmetry, digital vulnerability (Vienna, November 25, 2022)
  • Münchner Kreis: Expert workshop: Consumer protection in the digital age (Virtual, September 14, 2022)
  • German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection: Working together for digital corporate responsibility (Virtual, July 05, 2022)
  • Conference of the Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV): Personalized consumer information: Presentation of the final results of our behavioral experiments (Virtual, September 21, 2021)
  • BMJV-Conference: Consumer-enabling technologies in the context of the online conference 'Consumer protection in the digital age' (Virtual, September 14, 2021)

Selected moderations

  • IDH: Living Wage Summit 2022 (Brussels, December 07, 2022)
  • Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Culture and Integration Rhineland-Palatinate: Online retail – Is customer/client really king/queen? (Virtual, November 29, 2022)
  • Hugo Boss: Stakeholder dialogue 2022 (Berlin, November 10, 2022)
  • Hugo Boss: Parliamentary evening (Berlin, November 09, 2022)
  • German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection: Corporate Digital Responsibility: Feminist tech policy (Virtual, November 09, 2022)