Research Advisory Council

IIEP-UNESCO’s research provides policy-makers and planners with the latest evidence on how to boost learning outcomes, reduce gender inequalities, improve teacher careers and working conditions, and promote good governance and integrity. A Research Advisory Council is in place to help shape this diverse research portfolio, and ensure that it is of the highest quality and value. Consisting of eight internationally renowned members from around the globe, the Council provides critical advice, appraises specific projects, and contributes to the research programme’s fundraising strategy, among other activities. 

Meet its members

Beatrice Ávalos

Professor, University of Chile’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, charged with its teachers’ research strand.   Awarded in 2013 the Chilean National Prize for Educational Sciences.  Has published studies on the teaching profession, teacher education and education policies from Papua New Guinea to Latin America and Chile, working with researchers in Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal and South Africa. Recent book publications include Historical Development of Teacher Education in Chile (with Leonora Reyes, 2020) and Héroes o Villanos:  La Profesión Docente en Chile (2013), a national study on Chilean teachers’ view of their profession.  Is part of the Research Advisory Council of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) and of international journal boards of Teaching and Teacher Education, British Education Research Journal, International Journal of Educational Development as well the College of Reviewers in Compare.

Grace Bunyi

Grace Bunyi is an Associate Professor of Education (curriculum studies) and the Ag. Registrar Corporate Affairs at Kenyatta University, Kenya where she has taught and supervised student research for many years. Prior to joining University teaching, she taught in secondary and primary teacher education institutions in Nairobi, Kenya. 

She is a past Chairperson of the Department of Education Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies and also past Chairperson of the Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK), a professional organisation which adopts a gender perspective in the conduct of educational research focusing on gender and other types of inequalities and marginalisation. Her research interest includes teacher education, curriculum and instruction, gender in education, language education and research production and utilization. 

Grace has provided education consultancy services locally in Kenya and regionally in Africa for government, local and international organisations including UNICEF, Hewlett Foundation, FAWE-Africa, UNESCO, RTI International and Rockefeller Foundation. She served in the Steering Committee of the on-going Educational Reforms in Kenya and is currently a member of the Board of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. 

Grace holds a PhD in Education with a focus on language and education from the University of Toronto in Canada, an MED in Primary Teacher Education from Kenyatta University, and a Bachelor in Arts (Literature in English) from the University of Nairobi. 

Martial Dembélé

Martial Dembélé is a full professor in the Faculty of Education at Université de Montréal, which he joined in 2005 after co-directing the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Interuniversity Center for International Development in Education at Université du Québec à Montreal. His teaching, research and consultancy have been in the areas of school improvement, the teaching profession and accountability in education, with special attention to developing countries and a comparative lens.

He is the co‐author, among others, of Global Perspectives on Teacher Learning: Improving Policy and Practice, published by UNESCO IIEP (Schwille & Dembélé, 2007); More and Better Teachers for Quality Education for All: Identity and Motivation, Systems and Support (Kirk, Dembélé & Baxter, 2013); Pedagogical orientations and foundations in the discourse emanating from the OECD’s TALIS initiative (Cerqua, Gauthier & Dembélé, 2017); La formation et la profession enseignante en Afrique subsaharienne: vue d’ensemble et cas illustratifs de pays francophones (Dembélé, Sirois & Anne, 2017); and La quête de l’éducation de qualité pour tous et la profession enseignante dans les pays francophones d’Afrique subsaharienne (Dembélé & Sirois, 2018).

Jacques Hallak 

Jacques Hallak is the former Director of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris and of the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in Geneva. He is also the former Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO. Prior to this, he carried out various functions in the fields of economics and planning at the French Ministry of Finance and at the World Bank. He has authored numerous books and papers on a diverse range of subjects, including the costs and financing of education, the informal sector, school mapping, the challenges of international cooperation and, more recently, the fight against corruption in the education sector as well as poverty alleviation strategies. 

At present, Jacques Hallak is an international consultant and professor at the University of Picardie Jules Verne (France). He is a member of the Academia Europea as well as the International Academy of Education. 

Barry McGaw

Bio to come

Jamil Salmi

Jamil Salmi is a global tertiary education expert providing policy advice to governments, universities, professional associations, multilateral development banks and bilateral cooperation agencies.  Until January 2012, he was the World Bank’s tertiary education coordinator. In the past twenty-five years, Dr. Salmi has provided advice on tertiary education development, financing reforms and strategic planning to governments and university leaders in more than 100 countries all over the world.

Dr. Salmi is Emeritus Professor of higher education policy at Diego Portales University in Chile and Research Fellow at Boston College’s Center for Higher Education.  He is also a member of the International Quality Assurance Advisory Group, Emeritus Advisor on the President’s Council at Olin College of Engineering, and chair of the Board of the Chilean EdTech startup u-planner.

Dr. Salmi’s 2009 book addresses the “Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities”.  His 2011 book, co-edited with Professor Phil Altbach, was entitled “The Road to Academic Excellence: the Making of World-Class Research Universities”.  His latest book, “Tertiary Education and the Sustainable Development Goals”, was published in August 2017.

Jamil Salmi holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD in development studies from the University of Sussex.

Sylvia Schmelkes Del Velle

Bio to come