• Education and didactics

Published on December 21, 2021 Updated on January 13, 2022

BONHEURS - Well-being, Organisation, Digital technology, Habitability, Education, Universality, Relationships, Knowledge

The BONHEURS laboratory is a host team that was set up in January 2018 and inaugurated with a research show on 22 May 2018. The laboratory was conceived as a learning organisation to engage with both local and international students and structured around partnership-based chairs. It has 74 members specialising in education and digital sciences, planning and civil engineering, educational researchers, sociologists and historians.
Université de Cergy-Pontoise
EA 7517
Research center type
Host team

Key figures

Some figures for 2009-2013

  • 9 collaboration/service agreements
  • 3 European Erasmus+ projects
  • €1,543.5K in financial volume of contracts between 2013 and 2017
  • 7 private and public partners
  • 2 existing research chairs and 3 being set up
  • 2 distance learning Master’s: M1 and M2 Pro and Research
  • 35 doctoral students at the UNESCO chair: Francophonie and Knowledge Revolution
  • 51 scientific articles
  • 90 media and other communications
  • 16 scientific works
  • 97 scientific communications and conferences
Le projet scientifique



University professors: 3
Lecturers: 4
ATERs (temporary teaching and research assistants): 3
Associate members: 16
Professional members: 9
Doctoral students: 39


Research topics

With the support of the TechsoLab Open Lab, the laboratory explores all the dimensions of the concept of “happiness” for   individuals in their social context: material, spatial and relational well-being, prospects for emancipation, “power to act” in organisations, institutions and societies. It investigates which organisational frameworks can offer conditions of well-being that are acceptable to institutions and primarily education and training organisations. How can individuals and institutions co-construct these frameworks? What theoretical, methodological or material tools do they need?

The originality of its approach consists theoretically in thinking about happiness through relationships and methodologically in reflecting on the engineering of happiness within the framework of a learning society, which can act through the active collaboration of its members. These engineering techniques are tools aimed at testing the conditions for achieving happiness in order to make it intelligible.
The BONHEURS laboratory and Techsolab are part of the Paris Seine Excellence Initiative  and comply with the objectives and resources agreement signed with the university.

The engineering of happiness is designed around two areas:

  • Inclusion and interstices in learning organisations and societies
  • Innovations, knowledge and training in learning organisations and societies

Field of applications

Mediation and Citizen Participation Chair, Knowledge-relationship and schools of happiness chair, Chair transitions²: spaces in transition to the transition of spaces, Unesco Chair: Francophonie and knowledge revolution


Main equipment and services provided

TechsoLab is one of the Open Labs of the Université de Cergy-Pontoise. It focuses on experimental and innovative research on school and university education in an instrumented context. This Open Lab has the dual objective of developing research likely to lead to publications in French and international journals, and to offer expertise and training backed by research to institutions, communities and companies.

Service provisions

The assessments carried out by our laboratory are linked to our research issues.

  • Digital technologies in education: distance teaching, digital work environments (DWE), mobile and tactile tools or any other computerised device used in a training or teaching-learning context. The studies may be carried out in both experimental and ecological environments. The services may relate to needs analyses, the production of specifications, project management assistance, etc. In addition, the TechsoLab Open Lab may be made available for research activities of an experimental and innovative nature on school and university education in an instrumented context.
    Laurent Jeannin
  • Thinking of a tool for leveraging and sharing science in a different way: creating a research-show
    Béatrice Mabilon-Bonfils
  • Citizenship/socialisation/ethnicity: services of expertise, advice and training of professionals in relation to the civic practices of young people, the diversity of school audiences, juvenile socialisation, questions of ethnicity and issues of violence
    Béatrice Mabilon-Bonfils
  • Thinking of and exploring devices for well-being in organisations.
    Severine Colinet
  • Analysing the activity of professionals for skills development
    Line Numa-Bocage
  • Didactic engineering and knowledge co-objectification processes
    Thomas Lecorre

Contact information

Address :
Site de Gennevilliers ZAC des Barbanniers Avenue Marcel Paul
92230 Gennevilliers
Phone :
+33 (0) 614 908 943
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