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 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

  • Kettner, S.E. & Thorun, C. (2021). IoT for Consumers within the Smart Home. In Leupold, A., Wiebe, A. & Glossner, S. (Ed.), IT-Recht - Recht, Wirtschaft und Technik der digitalen Transformation (4th ed., pp. 1152-1162).
  • Kettner, S.E. & Thorun, C. (2020). Consumers’ usage and experiences with social media and messenger-services - Results of an online-representative survey. Factsheet commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • Lell, O.; Muster, V.; Thorun, C. (2020), Förderung des nachhaltigen Konsums durch digitale Produktinformationen: Bestandsaufnahme und Handlungsempfehlungen. UBA texts 212/2020
  • Muster, V.; Wolff, F.; Kampffmeyer, N.; Grießhammer, R.; Fischer, C.; Thorun, C.; Schrader, U.; Reisch, L. A. (2020): Evaluation of the National Program for Sustainable Consumption, TEXTS 210/2020, Federal Environmental Agency (UBA)
  • Wolff, F.; Fischer, C.; Brunn, C.; Grießhammer, R.; Muster, V.; Reisch, L. A.; Schrader, U.; Thorun, C. (2020): Recommendations for action for the further development of the National Programme for Sustainable Consumption – Part 2, TEXTS 209/2020, UBA

Selected lectures and presentations

  • Federal Environment Agency: Countering the throwaway culture: (In)convenient truths and who is actually responsible (Virtual, June 15, 2021)
  • Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society: Contribution to a panel discussion on the rise of the conscious consumer (Virtual, June 15, 2021)
  • German Food Federation: Overview of the application of nudging in the European Union and Germany (Virtual, May 20, 2021)
  • BEUC: Key results of the EU training needs analysis of consumer professionals (Virtual, May 06, 2021)
  • Bayern.Innovativ: Panel discussion about "Opportunities and risks of a cooperative consumer policy" (Virtual, March 11, 2021)

Selected moderations

  • National initiatives on Sustainable Cocoa in Europe: Learning event on traceability in the cocoa sector (Virtual, June 24, 2021)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Corporate Digital Responsibility: Digitally mobile in old age (Virtual, June 23, 2021)
  • REWE Group: Expert dialogue on the Nutri-Score and the ErnährWert (Virtual, June 18, 2021)
  • Institute for Financial Services: Final panel on learnings from the crises – Help, prevention, regulation (Virtual, June 18, 2021)
  • Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Culture and Integration Rhineland-Palatinate: Digital Advertising? No thanks! – Instead of annoying cookie banners, a digital stop sign? (Virtual, June 17, 2021)