Ben Irvine was born in Albury, Australia, in 1979, and grew up in East London. He studied Natural Sciences (BSc) and Philosophy (MA) at the University of Durham, then moved to Cambridge University, where he completed his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science, in 2008.
In his work as a writer, entrepreneur and campaigner, Ben uses insights from a range of academic disciplines – including evolutionary psychology, biology, sociology, history and economics – to promote the concept of wellbeing to a wider public.
Describing himself as a ‘recovered philosophical hypochondriac’, Ben seeks to reorient philosophy (and humanities disciplines influenced by philosophy) away from traditional theorising and towards solving problems in living, whether concerning individuals or groups.
He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Modern Wisdom, which features essays from leading public thinkers seeking to put wisdom back on the agenda, and Cycle Lifestyle, a free magazine which promotes the health and happiness benefits of cycling. As part of this project, Ben is running the London Cycle Map Campaign, which is lobbying for a single, Tube-style map and network of cycle routes in the British capital.
Ben is an Affiliate of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University, as well as a freelance writer and regular guest blogger for The School of Life and The Creativity Post.
His first book, Einstein and the Art of Mindful Cycling, was published by Leaping Hare in September 2012.