Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun

Founder and Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun
Founder and Managing Director

Tel: +49 (0) 30 / 259369-01
Fax: +49 (0) 30 / 259369-09

Christian Thorun is the founder and managing director of ConPolicy. He is a recognized expert in consumer policy, a member of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection's (BMJV) network of consumer research, among other organizations, and he advises the European Commission on consumer issues.

Before founding the institute, he was active at the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV) in Berlin. Here he was responsible for economic and competition policy issues, data protection and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Additionally, he was co-chair of the Working Group on Information Society as part of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) and led the global consumer organizations on social responsibility in the context of the international standardization project ISO 26000.

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.

In addition to his management duties, Christian Thorun works as a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Public Affairs at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Additionally, he is an advisory board member of the Association for Self-Regulation of the Information Economy (SRIW), he is a member 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.

Selected publications

  • Kettner, S.E., Thorun, C. & Vetter, M. (2018). Better informed? Results from behavioral science on the effectiveness of the privacy-one-pager approach and further solutions for data protection
  • Thorun, C. (2018). Corporate Digital Responsibility: Unternehmerische Verantwortung in der digitalen Welt. In. Gärtner, C. & Heinrich, C. Fallstudien zur Digitalen Transformation (pp. 173-191). Springer Gabler.
  • Voigt, M., Thorun, C. & Sinemus, K. (2017). Digital. Communal. German: Smart Nation via Smart Regions.
  • Thorun, C., Diels, J., Vetter, M., Reisch, L., Bernauer, M., Micklitz, H., Purnhagen, K., Rosenow, J., & Forster, D. (2016). Nudges and sustainable consumption: Determining and developing interventions to nudge sustainable consumption patterns
  • Thorun, C., Zimmer, A., & Spindler, G. (2017). Zugang zu unabhängigen Energiepreisvergleichen ermöglichen – Ist ein Referenzportal die Lösung? Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • IND-DiBa Austria: Input about consumer-friendly information about consumer credit advertising (Vienna, May 24, 2018)
  • Working Group Consumer Policy / BDI – Federation of German Industries: Corporate Digital Responsibility – Possibilities to simplify information in the digital world (Berlin, November 3, 2017)
  • econsense Impulses for sustainability: Workshop Data protection and security in the industry 4.0 (Nauen, September 28, 2017)
  • UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform: Indicators of consumer protection and empowerment in the digital world (Geneva, July 5, 2017)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: What effect has the one-pager? (Berlin, April 27, 2017)

Selected moderations

  • German Insurance Association (GDV): Consumer policy outlook (Berlin, June 5, 2018)
  • Senna – Palm oil dialogue forum: Sustainable – but how? (Vienna, May 24, 2018)
  • Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia: Round Table Consumer Education (Düsseldorf, April 24 2018)
  • Bafin: 5th forum for consumer protection (Frankfurt, November 30, 2017)
  • German International Cooperation: General assembly of the forum sustainable palm oil (Berlin, September 27, 2017)