Margaret Mangion

Director, Edward de Bono Institute for Creative Thinking
and Innovation, University of Malta

Research Overview

My research interests are diverse. I am drawn to different aspects that pertain to the field of creativity, in particular areas that relate to the development of creative perceptions at the individual level and group level. Although my research focuses on educational contexts, I engage with research in different settings including voluntary organisations and the workplace in its broadest sense.

My work also expands in other areas dealing with more practical, everyday aspects of creativity. I actively work on the promotion of creative thinking methods to facilitate engagement with the creative process. Moreover, I am also interested in the application of creativity for the common good. Through my work for the celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week and World Creativity and Innovation Day, I engage with a variety of organisations aiming to promote deliberate creative action.


Selected Publications

Briguglio, M., Baldacchino, L. and Mangion, M. (2022), Assessing Creativity in Secondary Schools: A Focus on the Impact of an Arts-based Intervention. Journal of Creative Behaviour.

Mangion, M., Riebel, J.A. (2023). Young Creators: Perceptions of Creativity by Primary School Students in Malta. Journal of Intelligence, 11(3):53.

Mangion, M. & Valquaresma, A. (2023). Calling out for the Possible! Is it our chance to make it right? Creativity. Theories – Research – Applications,9(2) 29-42.

Borg Preca, C,. Baldacchino, L., Briguglio,M., and Mangion, M. (2023). “Are STEM Students Creative Thinkers?” Journal of Intelligence 11, (6): 106.

Mangion, M and Dingli, S. (2022). In: Reisman, F.K. (ed) Celebrating Giants and Trailblazers in Creativity Research and Related Fields 108 Edward De Bono’s Outstanding Original Contribution. KIE Publications, London. ISBN: 978-1-85924-261-2

Mangion M. (2022) Creative Cognition. In: Glăveanu V.P. (ed.) The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of the Possible. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Mangion, M. (2022). Reflections on conducting online research during a pandemic: using a survey to explore student’s self-perceptions. In SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Mangion, M. and Curmi, F. (2022). Immersive Learning as a Pedagogical Method in Higher Education. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’22). Universitat Polit`ecnica de Val`encia, DOI:

Mangion, M. (2022). Factors influencing transfer of learning in the ICT sector. A conceptual framework. Proceedings of the 23rd European Conference on Knowledge Management. Italy. DOI:

Mangion, M. (2022). Workplace Learning. A proposed typology to facilitate transfer from situated learning.  Proceedings of the 23rd European Conference on Knowledge Management. Italy. ISSN: 2048-8963

Mangion, M.  and Scicluna, K. (2022). Exploring the links between ethical leadership, creativity and the work environment in hospital wards. Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance, Portugal.