Research Lab

The primary aims of CELL's Research Lab are to aggregate, curate, and create state-of-the-art scientific evidence and expertise on divisive educational content and its relationship to conflict. CELL uses this evidence and research to inform and leverage discussions with key education stakeholders.

Since April 2018, CELL has engaged in a partnership with University College Maastricht (UCM). UCM is a Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors College that provides small-scale and individualized bachelor's education.


Refugees as well as asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants coming from areas of conflict have often encountered extreme forms of divisive stereotypes, based on their experiences with persecution. 


This research theme encompasses projects, research, and expertise that highlight examples of divisive stereotypes in textbooks from around the world, written in any language, and which have been used in the past or are being used today.

This research theme encompasses projects, research, and expertise that document cases in which the content and delivery of education have been systematically distorted to create divisions between people, communities, or countries.

This research theme encompasses projects, research and expertise which assess the impact of textbook and other educational interventions on reducing divisive stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

Since September 2017, CELL has been engaged in a partnership with The School of Writing, based in Pakistan. CELL and TSW  collaborate on textbook and educational projects, research, and events, particularly as they relate to divisive stereotypes.

Since November 2017, CELL has been engaged in a partnership with The Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) for International Textbook Research, based in Germany. GEI is a member of the Leibniz Association, a prestigious network of non-university research institutions.

What are divisive stereotypes and how do we study them? How do divisive stereotypes relate to prejudice, discrimination, xenophobia, extremism, and mental health?


As part of our commitment to innovative research, CELL Foundation believes that some of the people who are best placed to carry out research on divisive stereotypes are those who have experienced them first-hand.

CELL is currently engaged in a textbook project in Pakistan, the results of which are expected in early 2018. The project involves quality assurance and reviewing the textbooks for inclusive content. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

CELL connects experts and stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, who work in the fields of conflict and education, and who are best placed to create changes in educational content.