Researcher discusses how environment affects the way societies develop | 4/29/2019 | Staff
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This is the latest in a series of stories spotlighting how faculty, students and alumni at the Harris School of Public Policy are driving impact for the next generation. Leading up to the May 3 grand opening of the Harris's new home at the Keller Center, these stories will examine three of the most critical issues facing our world: strengthening democracy, fighting poverty and inequality, and confronting the global energy challenge.

Delivering access to reliable and affordable energy, while minimizing its social and environmental impacts, including those created by our changing climate, is one of society's most complex challenges.

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Asst. Prof. Amir Jina focuses his research on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop. He combines methods from climate science and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries.

A founding member of the Climate Impact Lab—an interdisciplinary collaboration examining the socioeconomic impacts of climate change around the world—recently with Harris Public Policy to discuss his work.

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Talk a little about climate change's significance beyond environmental impact.

We are at a stage with the science and knowledge that most of the details about climate change are broadly known. There are many nuances—for example, how will disaster risk change or what parts of the planet will warm at faster rates—but we basically understand that the planet is warming, and we are now investing in the research and technology to mitigate and manage that.

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The socioeconomic side of the issue, however, is less understood. What I'm trying to do—with the help of other economic and climate experts from across the country—is build a foundation of evidence and use relevant data to understand the relationship between climate and society. The effects of heat on worker productivity or suicide surges following crop losses or increases in crime...
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