Barbara Tournier
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Teacher management & development, Instructional leadership, Education planning, Education research, Education systems & educational policy, Management for learning 

Barbara Tournier is the project coordinator of IIEP’s research on teacher management. She also manages IIEP’s training offer (distance and face-to-face) on teacher management.

More specifically, she works on organizational aspects of teacher management to offer insights on how improved organization of education systems can help better support teachers in their daily activities and enhance their motivation. At present her research work focuses on understanding what constitutes an appealing teacher career system and its implications for the profession. She is also developing distance education materials on human resources management and its application to teacher management.

Besides her work on human resource management, she is actively involved in supporting the institute in other key domains. With over a decade of experience in educational planning, her areas of expertise include school mapping, education sector diagnosis, education sector plan preparation, Education Management Information Systems and HIV & AIDS and education.

Before joining the Institute she was a Consultant at the FAO in Rome (Italy).


  • Master of Science in Research and Evaluation Methods in Education from Sussex University (United Kingdom), Master of Science in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).


  • Childress, D.; Chimier, C.; Jones, C.; Page, E.; Tournier, B. 2020. Change agents: emerging evidence on instructional leadership at the middle tier. Education Development Trust, IIEP-UNESCO, The Education Commission.
  • Tournier, B.; Chimier, C. 2019. Teacher career reforms: Learning from experience. Paris: IIPE-UNESCO
  • Crehan, L.; Tournier, B. ; Chimier, C. 2019. Teacher career pathways in New York City. Paris: IIPE-UNESCO
  • Chimier, C.; Tournier, B. 2019. Why reform teacher careers and what models are emerging? Paris: IIPE-UNESCO
  • Chimier, C.; Tournier, B. 2019. How do teachers perceive career structure reforms and how does this affect the profession? Paris: IIPE-UNESCO
  • Chimier, C.; Tournier, B. 2019. Designing teacher career structures and evaluating staff performance. Paris: IIPE-UNESCO
  • Chimier, C.; Tournier, B. 2019. Implementing teacher career structure reform. Paris: IIPE-UNESCO.
  • Tournier, B. .(Coord.) 2015 : Training modules on teacher management.Paris: IIEP-UNESCO.
  • Caillods, F.; Tournier, B.; Kelly, M.J. 2008. AIDS and education: the planner’s perspective. In: Commonwealth Education Partnerships.2008/09, Education in the Commonwealth: Towards the MDGs Cambridge: Nexus Strategic Partnerships.
  • Caillods, F.; Kelly, M.J.; Tournier, B. 2008. IIEP Brief for planners. HIV and AIDS: Challenges and Approaches within the Education Sector. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO.
  • Tournier, B. 2007. Leaner’s guide, Educational planning and management in a world with AIDS. Paris. IIEP-UNESCO/ESART

Working documents

  • Best, A.; Tournier, B.; Chimier, C. 2018. Topical questions on teacher management. Paris : IIEP-UNESCO
  • Göttelmann-Duret, G.; Tournier, B. 2008. Crucial Management Aspects of Equitable Teacher Provision. Background paper for the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2009.
  • Dias da Graça, P.; Tournier, B. 2007. Managing educational quality in an AIDS environment: development of a district-level database, Preliminary results submitted to National AIDS Commission of Malawi. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO.

Articles and blogs

  • Tournier, B. 2020. Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on teachers’ livelihoods. Education for science, safety and social cohesion.  
  • Tournier, B.. Reimagining teacher careers for the 21st century. In: The IIEP Letter, Vol. Xxxiv N°2 December 2018.
  • Coury, D.; Tournier, B. Strengthening human resources management in Burkina Faso. In: The IIEP Letter, Vol. Xxxiv N°2 December 2018.
  • C. Chimier, B. Tournier. Could new career opportunities lead to greater teacher motivation? March 2018.
  • B. Tournier. Teacher career reforms: learning from country experiences. September 2017.
  • Tournier, B.; Chimier, C.; Raudonyte, I. Motivate teachers to improve learning. December 2015.
  • Sylla, K.; Tournier, B. “The benefits of school mapping”. In: IIEP Newsletter, 20013/1, January-June 2013.
  • Göttelmann-Duret, G.; Tournier, B. “Rationalizing the provision of teachers”. In: IIEP Newsletter, 2008/2, May-August 2008.
  • Nzioka, C.; Tournier, B. “Accelerating teacher training institutions’ responses to HIV and AIDS”. In: IIEP Newsletter, Vol. XXV, No. 4, October-December 2007.
  • Dias da Graça, P.; Tournier, B. “Managing educational quality in an HIV and AIDS environment, A district-level initiative in Malawi”. IIEP Newsletter, Vol. XXIV, N° 4, October-December 2006.