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Amir Jina

Assistant Professor

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Amir Jina is an Assistant Professor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, researching how economic and social development is shaped by the environment. He uses economics, climate science, and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has conducted fieldwork in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Jina is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration estimating the human and economic costs of climate change with state-of-the-art empirical methods. Prior to University of Chicago, He was a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley where he worked on the Risky Business initiative. Jina received his PhD in sustainable development and MA in climate and society from Columbia University, BA in mathematics and theoretical physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia and as a high school teacher in Japan.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.