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 one of three spokesperson of the platform for consumer issues at the Center for Digitalization Bavaria (ZD.B), he is a member of the independent investment committee of ÖKOWORLD, he sits in the transparency council of the FinTech Joonko 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 of Justice and Consumer Protection's (BMJV) 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

  • Thorun, C. & Kettner, S.E. (2020). Corporate Digital Responsibility – Data Responsibility?. In Bertelsmann Stiftung, Wittenberg-Zentrum für Globale Ethik (Ed.), Unternehmensverantwortung im digitalen Wandel (1st ed., pp. 176-182).
  • Kettner, S.E., Thorun, C. & Spindler, G. (2020). Innovative Privacy Consent Management. Final Report. Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.
  • Cerulli-Harms, A., Münsch, M., Thorun, C., Michaelsen F. & Hausemer, P. (2020). Loot boxes in online games and their effect on consumers, in particular young consumers, Study for the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), Policy
  • Kettner, S.E., Münsch, M. & Thorun, C. (2020) Möglichkeiten des Einsatzes von Nudging im Strahlenschutz am Beispiel UV-Schutz. Ressortforschungsberichte zum Strahlenschutz ; 161/20. Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS).
  • Kettner, S.E. & Thorun, C. (2019) Consumer Study 2019: How to reach consumers in the age of digitalization. Final Report.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • ULD-Summer Academy 2019: Input presentation about "Privacy – the new organic?!" (Kiel, September 09, 2019)
  • Re:publica19: Introductory presentation about "Saving the world with digitalization? Opportunities & risks of digital innovations for sustainable consumption" (Berlin, May 06, 2019)
  • Consumer Protection Forum „Artificial Intelligence and consumer policy: Potentials of consumer informatics“: Introductory presentation about „Consumer informatics as a new instrument for consumer policy“ (Stuttgart, April 30, 2019)
  • Institute for European Politics: Seminar about "The role of research for an evidence-based consumer policy: Examples from the EU" (Berlin, March 26, 2019)
  • Hugo Boss-Employee event: Input about Stakeholder Engagement: Why, how and what next? (Metzingen, December 13, 2018)

Selected moderations

  • Consumer Research Forum 2020: Algorithms and consumers – Focus LegalTech (Virtual, September 18, 2020)
  • German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa: Member assembly (Virtual, September 08, 2020)
  • REWE Group: Dialog on Fairness (Virtual, September 02 and 10, 2020)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain Initiative (INA): The supply chain law – Only as good as its content? ( Virtual, July 30, 2020)
  • German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa: Working group on sustainability (Virtual, June 18, 2020)