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Ilona
Boniwell

Dr Ilona Boniwell is one of the most prominent positive psychology academics in Europe, having founded and headed the first Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in Europe at the University of East London.

Nowadays, she teaches on the Executive Certificate in Positive Leadership at l’Ecole Centrale Paris and carries out research in collaboration with the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Her main teaching expertise lies in the area of positive psychology, with research interests including: subjective time use, time perspective, eudaimonic well-being and applications of positive psychology to business, one-to-one work and education. Ilona founded and was the first Chair of the European Network of Positive Psychology (ENPP), and was subsequently the member of its Steering Committee for many years. She organised the first European Congress of Positive Psychology in June 2002 (Winchester), starting the tradition of bi-annual events.

She was the first Vice-Chair of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and is currently the member of its Executive Board.  Ilona is the author of Positive Psychology in a Nutshell (2006/8, PWBC; 2012, Open University Press), co-author of The Happiness Equation (2008, Adams Media), Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications (2011, Open University Press), Well-Being Lessons for Secondary Schools (2012, Open University Press) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (2013, Oxford University Press).

She acted as the main consultant for and appeared in the BBC2 series The Happiness Formula (2006). Her other media work included Guardian, Times, Psychologies, Top Sante and Cosmopolitan articles and interviews, as well as radio and TV interviews for BBC 24, BBC London and other channels.

She frequently addresses psychology and professional audiences at national and international conferences, having delivered hundreds of presentations and workshops. In addition to her academic work, Ilona is also interested in practical applications of positive psychology to business, education and one-to-one helping-by-talking practices. Dr Boniwell consults businesses and educational institutions around the globe as a Director of Positran, a boutique consultancy specialising in the applications of evidence-based methodologies to achieve lasting positive transformation. She has developed a comprehensive well-being curriculum for the Haberdasher’s Federation of Schools and was funded by Newham PCT to develop and evaluate a SPARK Resilience Programme for secondary schools in the borough. Her other clients included Mars, Alpro Soya, MindGym and local and national governments. Currently, she is helping the Government of Bhutan to develop a framework for happiness-based public policy, at the request of the UN.  Ilona received her PhD from the Open University. Her academic career included teaching at Oxford Brookes University and City University.

Positive psychology: the science of optimal functioning

Positive leadership

Positive enterprise

Happiness and well-being drivers

SPARK resilience in organisations

Building psychological capital – hope, optimism, self-efficacy and resilience

Strengths and engagement

Optimal experience and motivation

Positive psychology coaching

Time management revisited – time use and well-being

Creative problem solving

Foundations of change

Meta-skills for change

Adult learning theories

Positive education

The economics of happiness

Happiness around the world

Sustainable happiness

Director of Positran SAS - a boutique consultancy dedicated to achieve transformation through positive psychology. It provides specialised consulting services, training, keynotes and products in the areas of positive psychology, personal and organisational change, executive coaching, leadership, resilience and positive education.

Ecole Centrale - Paris - Teaching, research, project supervision 

David, S., Boniwell, I. & Ayers, A. (2013). Oxford handbook of happiness.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Boniwell, I., & Ryan, L. (2012). Personal well-being lessons for secondary schools: Positive psychology in action for 11 to 14 year-olds. Oxford: The Open University Press.

Hefferon, K., & Boniwell, I. (2011). Positive psychology: Theory, research and applications. Oxford: The Open University Press.

Boniwell, I. (2009). Time for life: Satisfaction with time use and its relationship with subjective well-being. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM.

Glenville-Cleave, B., Boniwell, I., & Tessina, T. (2008). The happiness equation. Avon, MA: Adams Media Corporation.

Boniwell, I. (2006; 2008). Positive psychology in a nutshell. London: Personal Well-Being Centre. 3rd ed. (2012) with the Open University Press and Editions Payot & Rivages (in French

Introduction à la psychologie positive: science de l’expérience optimale).

14 academic papers, 15 chapters and multiple articles.