A few words about us...

How do people become members of a new cultural or social group? How do they acquire the cultural information, such as norms and schemas, characteristic of that group? How do they negotiate a balance between these social influences and their own agency? What are the implications of such changes and negotiations for well-being? The CIEL Lab focuses on these questions.

Our long term goal is to better understand and facilitate the social processes at play when a person joins a new cultural of social environment. Although these processes take place in many contexts, we focus mostly on the case of migrants - a crucial issue for many societies.

There are many ways to approach this research topic, but our projects tend to converge on the role of various forms of social participation (interpersonal relations, daily interactions, social networks, etc.) and self-positioning (multicultural identities, cultural orientations, etc.)  in migrants' cultural adaptation.

In the CIEL lab, we welcome and value diversity of backgrounds and orientations (cultural, ethnic, linguistic, sexual, religious, political, etc.). We are committed to cultivating an inclusive and stimulating research environment, where all can reach their full potential. To that end, we strive for kindness, open-mindedness, and lively conversations. 

We also acknowledge that the Université du Québec à Montréal is located on unceded Indigenous land. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst First Nations, including the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mohawk, and St. Lawrence Iroquoians. We seek to honor and continue this exchange tradition by contributing to Montreal's diverse community.