Ilona joined JRF as a Programme Manager in the Ageing Society team in May 2010.
She is co-leading with Philippa Hare on the programme A Better Life, which is aimed at exploring what needs to change so that older people, especially those with high support needs, can have 'a better life'. The programme consists of several strands; of these Ilona manages the housing with care strand. Ilona will also be taking the lead on a new JRF programme 'Rights, risk and regulation', which is currently at an early stage of development.
Ilona had spent several years at the University of Oxford and then at the University of Manchester researching a variety of criminal justice-related subjects such as the use of structured assessment tools in supervising offenders, employment and education for ex-offenders and the treatment of black and minority ethnic prisoners. Prior to joining JRF she was a Senior Researcher at Skills for Justice, producing labour market information and analysis relating to the justice sector workforce.
As her first degree Ilona studied Law and qualified as a lawyer in Hungary. She also taught Criminal Law and Criminology to undergraduate students. She completed her PhD in 2001 at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds.