Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy


Room: POR/18.A-2.18b
E-mail: cbo.mpp@cbs.dk

My research focuses on economic sociology and social theory. I am particularly interested in algorithmic trading and its consequences for financial markets and have been doing fieldwork (interviews and ethnographic observations) for several years, in part as the PI of the ERC-funded research project “Algorithmic Finance.” This work has sparked an interest in the role of AI and machine learning, where I am particularly concerned with discussions around ML opacity and “Explainable AI” as well as what AI/ML technologies mean for society and sociological theorizing. Another research strand is crowd and collective behavior, in particular sociological theorization on this topic. Work on this topic led to my award-winning book, The Politics of Crowds: An Alternative History of Sociology (Cambridge UP, 2012). A more recent book, Social Avalanche: Crowds, Cities and Financial Markets (Cambridge UP, 2020), combines my interests in financial markets, including algorithmic trading, and crowd and collective behavior as well as it ties these topics to another long-standing interest of mine, cities and architecture.

Primary research areas
  • Algorithmic trading and automated financial markets
  • AI/ML, including Explainable AI
  • Crowd and collective behavior
  • Social theory
  • Architecture and urban space
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  • “Social Studies of Finance: From Financialization to Algorithmic Trading”
  • I supervise MA and PhD students within my research areas.
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Christian Borch / Introduction : What is Critical Finance Studies?.
In: The Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies. ed. /Christian Borch; Robert Wosnitzer. New York : Routledge 2021, p. 1-25 (Routledge International Handbooks)
Book chapter > peer review
Kristian Bondo Hansen; Christian Borch / The Absorption and Multiplication of Uncertainty in Machine-learning-driven Finance
In: British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 72, No. 4, 9.2021, p. 1015-1029
Journal article > peer review
Christian Borch (Editor) ; Robert Wosnitzer (Editor) / The Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies
New York : Routledge 2021, 442 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)
Anthology > peer review
Christian Borch / Corona, markedssmitte og sociale laviner
In: Det epidemiske samfund. ed. /Ole B. Jensen; Nikolaj Schultz. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2020, p. 41-53
Book chapter > peer review
Christian Borch / Social Avalanche : Crowds, Cities and Financial Markets.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2020, 279 p.
Book > peer review
Christian Borch / Crowds, sværme og vira
In: Ny kulturteori. ed. /Birgit Eriksson; Bjørn Schiermer Andersen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2019, p. 229-251
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Christian Borch (Editor) / Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion : On Mimesis and Society.
Abingdon : Routledge 2019, 234 p. (CRESC. Culture, Economy and the Social)
Anthology > peer review
Kristian Bondo Hansen; Christian Borch / Market Mimesis : Imitation, Contagion, and Suggestion in Financial Markets.
In: Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: On Mimesis and Society. . ed. /Christian Borch. Abingdon : Routledge 2019, p. 91-106 (CRESC. Culture, Economy and the Social)
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Christian Borch / Postmetropolis
In: The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. ed. /Anthony M. Orum. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell 2019 (Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedias in Social Sciences)
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Christian Borch / Simmels massesociologi
In: Simmel: Sociologiens eventyrer. . ed. /Søren Christensen; Nils Gunder Hansen; Simon Langkjær; Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen; Joachim S. Wiewiura. Frederiksberg : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2019, p. 315-330
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Outside activities

Enel, 31 March 2019:  Talk: 'Algo-trading: Situazione, possibile evoluzione e impatti su mercati e operatori’, Enel Global Trading Day, Rome.