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16th John Lovett Memorial Lecture, 27th March 2008

Professor Christel Lane addressed the apparent paradox of how to maintain acceptable standards of employment and worker rights in an era of ever increasing globalisation.

Christel Lane is Professor of Economic Sociology at Cambridge University, where she 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 London School of Economics 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.

Christel 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. 

Entitled "Labour Standards and Rights, and the Accountability of Global Capital", this was the 16th lecture in the series and took place in the University of Limerick on Thursday March 27th 2008. 

The Annual John Lovett Memorial Lecture Series is jointly organised by the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in Ireland. The Series was established in 1993 in memory of John Lovett, former chairman of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Ireland (then Institute of Personnel Management), Personnel Director, and Trade Union Official (Workers Union of Ireland). It aims to present new material and insights on aspects of human resource management, which will advance knowledge and understanding in the field. 

The following Student of the Year Awards were presented at the event:

  • Master of Business Studies (Human Resource Management)
    Michelle O'Shea - Full Time
    Jane Mitchell - Part-Time
    Award sponsored by the HR Department, University of Limerick and presented by Tommy Foy 
  • Certificate in Personnel Management Practice
    Andrew Clohessy 
  • Diploma in Personnel Management
    Rachel Renehan
    The Certificate and Diploma awards were sponsored by Irish Recruitment Consultants and presented by Neil O'Keefe 
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (HRM) John Lovett Memorial Prize
    Deidre Nelligan
    Award sponsored by the Lovett family and presented by Phil Lovett

Further details from Paddy Gunnigle 061-202637, email:, Bernie McGrenaghan 061-202380 email: or email



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