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Sociology Research


Professor Christel Lane holds a BSc from the University of Essex (Sociology) and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

Comparative institutionalist analysis. Restaurant industry and gastropubs. Innovation in haute cuisine.



MPhil in Sociology: Global Economic and Political Transformations.

Graduate supervision availability and interests:

Christel is available to supervise most topics in the area of economic sociology.

Current Doctoral students: 

May Hen

Niamh Mulcahy

Robert Wardrop

Key Publications - Books

C. Lane, From Taverns to Gastropubs. Food, Drink and Sociality in England. OUP 2018

C. Lane, The Cultivation of Taste. Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining. Oxford: OUP 2014. Paperback 2016. 

C. Lane and G. Wood eds., Capitalist Diversity and Diversity within Capitalism. Routledge 2012. 

C. Lane and R. Bachmann eds., Trust within and Between Organizations. OUP 1998

Key Publications - Journal Articles

C. Lane, 'Reverse Cultural Globalization: the case of haute cuisine in one global city' (2019), Poetics, Vol. 75, August.

C. Lane and D. Lup, ‘Cooking under Fire: Managing multi-Level Tensions between Creativity and Innovation in Haute Cuisine’, Industry and Innovation, (2015) Vol. 22, No. 8, pp. 654-676

C. Lane, ‘Are Large, Globally Operating MNCs Undermining the Distinctiveness of Coordinated Market Economies? The Cases of Germany and Japan’ (2015), The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies

Job Title:
Emeritus Professor of Economic Sociology, Fellow of St. John's College
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