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

  • Bayern.Innovativ: Panel discussion about "Opportunities and risks of a cooperative consumer policy" (Virtual, March 11, 2021)
  • Colombian Communications Regulation Commission: Consumer protection and empowerment in the digital world (Virtual, December 01, 2020)
  • BMJV-Conference: Clicking away is not a solution – User-friendly web designs for online consent (Virtual, October 29, 2020)
  • 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)

Selected moderations

  • German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa: The role of prices and premiums for living incomes in the cocoa sector (Virtual, February 03, 2021)
  • Ministry for Family, Women, Youth, Integration and Consumer Protection Rhineland-Palatinate: Online trade without borders – Consumers without protection (Virtual, December 02, 2020)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Consumer Day 2020 – Consumer policy in service of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030 (Virtual, December 01, 2020)
  • Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection: Establishing values with CDR at the Federal Government's Digital Summit (Virtual, November 30, 2020)
  • German International Cooperation: Member and General assembly of the forum sustainable palm oil (Berlin, November 23 to 24, 2020)