Department of Sociology

Academic Profile

Christel Lane


Christel Lane is Professor of Economic Sociology, a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research/Cambridge and has been a Fellow of St. John’s College since 1990. She graduated from the University of Essex in 1972 and obtained her PH. D. from the LSE in 1976. After a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Cambridge from 1976-79, she taught Sociology at the University of Aston between 1981 and 1990. She has been a Visiting  Scholar at the Berlin Social Science Research Centre;  Graz University, Austria; Harvard Centre for European Studies;  Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna; University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; and at Sophia University, Tokyo/Japan. Christel Lane was President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics in 2006, and she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Sociological Research Institute for Social Science in Goettingen/Germany. She has written extensively in the area of Comparative Capitalism, with a special focus on the UK, France, Germany and the USA. She is the author of Industry and Society in Europe and the editor of Trust within and between Organizations, as well as of numerous journal articles.

Brief CV


1972, B.Soc. Scie, University of Essex (Sociology) 
1976, Ph.D.(Sociology),London School of Economics and Political Science.  

Professional History:

1976-79, SSRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (now HSPS), University of Cambridge.
1981-90, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Aston Business School.
1990-98 Lecturer in Sociology
1998-2005 Reader in Economic Sociology
2005- Professor of Economic Sociology
Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies , University of Cambridge.
1990- Fellow, St. John's College, Cambridge.  

Other Appointments and Affiliations

1992- Senior Research Associate
Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.

2006 President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE.  

2006- Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Goettingen/Germany.

1997- Member of Executive Council of SASE.

2002- Member of Editorial Board, Socio-Economic Review

2000- Member of Editorial Board, British Journal of Sociology

1995- Member of Editorial Board, Organization.



Trust within and between Organizations. Oxford University Press, 1998. Joint editor, with R. Bachmann.

Industry and Society in Europe.  Stability and Change in Britain, Germany and France.  Edward Elgar 1995.  Paperback version in 1996.

Book Chapters

Lane, C. and Probert, J., ‘Globalization and labour market segmentation: the impact of global production networks on employment patterns of German and UK clothing firms’, A. Ferner, J. Quantanilla and C. Sanchez-Runde eds., Multinationals, Institutions and the Construction of Transnational Practices: convergence and diversity in the global economy, Palgrave 2006.  

‘Die Organisation professioneller Arbeit in Deutschland. Ein Vergleich mit England’, T. Klatetzki und V. Tacke eds. 2005, pp. 73-118. Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften
with Wolfgang Littek and Ulrich Heisig.

‘Institutional transformation and system change: changes in the corporate governance of German corporations’, G. Morgan, R. Whitley and E. Moen eds., Changing Capitalisms? Complementarities, Contradictions and Capability Development in an International Context, pp. 78-109. Oxford:OUP 2005.

Refereed Articles

‘The External Sourcing of Technological Knowledge by US Pharmaceutical Companies: strategic goals and inter-organisational relationships’, Industry and Innovation, 1, 14, 2007.
With Jocelyn Probert

‘Domestic capabilities and global production networks in the clothing Industry: a comparison of German and UK firms’strategies, Socio-Economic Review, 3, (4) 2005,
With Jocelyn Probert.

‘Between the Global and the Local: a comparison of the German and UK clothing industry’, Competition and Change, 8, 4: 1-24, 2004. (With Jocelyn Probert).

‘Changes in Corporate Governance of German Corporations: convergence to the Anglo-American model?, Competition and Change, 7, 2-3, 2003: 79-100.


Teaching in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences / Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies

Undergraduate teaching

SOC7: Political Economy of Capitalism
SOC2: Contemporary Society and Global Transformations.
Soc5: Social Structure of Modern Britain.

M. Phil. Teaching

Political Economy of Western Europe: European Corporations in their Changing Environment.

I supervise five doctoral students and, on average, two M. Phil. Students per year.