David Istance


Senior Analyst

David Istance is a senior member of OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI).

He was acting head of the Centre for much of 2008, and heads the long-running “Schooling for Tomorrow" programme and the new “Innovative Learning Environments” project.

Among the reports he wrote as part of this work was What Schools for the Future?, 2001,  He has been responsible for wide-ranging reviews of OECD educational work as a whole; for example, through putting together the very recent publications Education Today: The OECD Perspective (2009) and (with Henno Theisens) Trends Shaping Education (2008), or from earlier times having main responsibility for the 1990 OECD educational ministerial (published as High Quality Education and Training for All, 1992).

In addition, he has worked extensively inter alia on lifelong learning, equity, and teacher issues (he wrote, for instance, the OECD volumes Education and Equity in OECD Countries in 1997, and The Teacher Today in 1990).

He has also published extensively outside the OECD, and given many keynote conference addresses.

Between 1991 and 1997, he was at the Universities of Cardiff and Swansea and he remains an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Cardiff. He is also on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Education and the Korean KEDI Journal of Educational Policy.

Contact information:

OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

2, rue André Pascal
75775 Paris, Cedex 16

Fax: 33-1 44 30 63 94


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