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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

Key Publications - Journal Articles

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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