J. Mijin Cha is an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy at Occidental College and a fellow at the Worker Institute, Cornell University. Dr. Cha’s research focuses on labor/climate coalitions and just transitions. She is a part of the Just Transition Listening Project research team, convened by the Labor Network for Sustainability, which was the first effort of its kind to interview over 100 individuals on their experience with industrial transition. Along with her colleague, Dr. Manuel Pastor, she developed a novel framework for developing just transition policies and conducted a four-state study of what is needed for a just transition and how to build progressive power at the state level. She is also a researcher with the Labor Leading on Climate initiative at Cornell University’s Worker Institute supporting several state-based climate jobs efforts.

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Mijin Cha