Terry Cannon

Senior Research Fellow in Climate Change and Development,
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at University of Sussex

Terry Cannon

Terry Cannon is a development studies specialist who is mainly focused on rural livelihoods and the significance of natural hazards and climate change as challenges to poverty and development. He researches both adaptation to climate change and disaster vulnerability, and teaches in postgraduate courses at IDS, and other universities including King’s College London, NTNU university in Norway, and Leuven University in Belgium. His work also involves training on climate change and disasters for NGOs, and staff of Red Cross, governments and research organizations. He is a key-note speaker on climate change and disasters for UNESCO, the Smithsonian Institute (Washington DC), World Resources Institute and other international organizations.

He has published academic and policy work on climate change and disasters, and is co-author of At Risk: natural hazards, people’s vulnerability and disasters (Routledge 1994 and 2004), one of the most cited works in disaster studies that has been translated into Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. He is lead editor and author of the Red Cross World Disasters Report 2014 Focus on Culture and Risk (Geneva: IFRC), and co-editor of Cultures and Disasters (Routledge 2015). His research and capacity-building work is mainly in south Asia (especially Bangladesh) and east Africa.


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