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 activities, he is an associate member of the German CLUB OF ROME society, a member of the advisory board of the Association for Self-Regulation of the Information Economy (SRIW) and co-chair of the independent ÖKOWORLD investment committee. 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 and the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Selected publications

  • Grothmann, T., Frick, V., Harnisch, R., Münsch, M., Kettner, S.E. & Thorun, C. (2023). Umweltbewusstsein in Deutschland 2022. Ergebnisse einer repräsentativen Bevölkerungsumfrage. BMUV & UBA
  • Kettner, S.E. & Thorun, C. (2023). Survey on power structures in the digital space. Fact sheet commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.
  • 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.

Selected lectures and presentations

  • Organisation Werbetreibende im Markenverband: Presentation of the results of the European good practice initiative on consent management for cookies (Virtual, May 02, 2023)
  • European Consumer Summit: Keynote – Plea for a more ambitious and pro-active consumer policy in light of significant challenges (Brussels, March 28, 2023)
  • European Consumer Summit: Workshop – Consumer vulnerability and how to reach specific consumer groups (Brussels, March 28, 2023)
  • 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)

Selected moderations

  • Schokoladen Museum Köln, German International Cooperation (GIZ) and SÜDWIND Institute: Sustainable cocoa supply chain in times of crisis – How can it succeed? (Cologne, 24 May 2023)
  • German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa: General assembly – Approaches to deforestation & climate change in cocoa (Bonn, May 03, 2023)
  • Sustainable Palm Oil Forum: Sustainable Palm Oil Forum General Assembly (Bonn, April 27, 2023))
  • European Commission: Seminar on the initiatives on local advice to consumers (Virtual, April 25, 2023)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain Initiative: From the field to the fan shop (Virtual, March 03, 2023)