In this talk, Terry Cannon addresses the issues of power and why the world is the way it is, and what it will take for development studies and aid to build back better, but different. He has been researching and teaching in development studies for forty years, with increasing frustration at what he believes is going wrong with it.

Terry Cannon is a Senior Research Fellow at IDS, where he works on rural livelihoods and local adaptive responses to climate change, and teaches MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy. Other than IDS, he teaches at a number of other universities

TEDxIDS - 16 October 2020

IDS students have come together to organise the first ever TEDxIDS event. Exploring the theme of “Building Back Better, but Different”, this event features different talks to understand what post-Covid development looks like. The talks cover a range of topics, from the gender dynamics in the WASH sector to how development can be more inclusive and more. Terry Cannon has been teaching and researching in development studies for many years, and until 2009 was Reader in Development Studies at the University of Greenwich and Principal Scientist at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI at University of Greenwich). Before that, he taught rural development at the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. His background discipline is geography, with additional qualifications in economics and politics.

At IDS he is teaching in the MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy. He also teaches at King’s College London (on both development studies and on climate change and disaster vulnerability), in the MSc Disaster Management at University of Copenhagen and lectures annually at Free University Brussels and KU Leuven (Belgium). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at