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.

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.

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. & Diels, J. (2019). Consumer protection technologies: An investigation into the potentials of new digital technologies for consumer policy. In: Journal of Consumer Policy.
  • Suter, J. et al. (2019). Behvioural study on the digitalisation of the marketing and distance selling of retail financial services. Final report. European Commission – DG JUST.
  • Kettner, S.E. et al. (2019). Privacy Guard - Final Report.
  • Cerulli-Harms, A. et al. (2018). Behavioral study on consumers' engagement in the circular economy. Final report. European Commission – DG JUST.
  • Thorun, C., Kettner, S. E. & Merck, J. (2018). Digital Ethics - The need for a Corporate Digital Responsibility. FES WISO Direkt.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • 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)
  • WZB-Mercator Forum: Panel discussion about "Using Big Data to influence the behavior of citizens?" (Berlin, December 07, 2018)

Selected moderations

  • Re:publica19: "Saving the world with digitalization? Opportunities & risks of digital innovations for sustainable consumption" (Berlin, May 06, 2019)
  • Conference of the BMJV-CDR-Initiative: Experiencing Digitalization: Workshops on the methods (scenario-technique) of the CDR-Initiative (Berlin, April 02, 2019)
  • Forum Waschen: Washing and cleaning in the circular economy: On the way to a well-rounded matter (Berlin, February 21 to 22, 2019)
  • Oxfam Novib / German International Cooperation: An introduction to living income: Applying the concept in business operations (Bonn, February 01, 2019)
  • NRW Ministry for Labour, Health and Social Affairs: Private pensions for all (Düsseldorf, January 10, 2019)