Christina Jenq, PhD, CCP Researcher

Christina Jenq

Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago | B.A., Physics, Harvard College

Christina is a Ph.D.-trained economist and data scientist with cross-disciplinary research, teaching, consulting and project management experience in diverse geographies. Her career journey through Wall Street finance, international development, and academia has led her to a passion for issues at the intersection of environmental sustainability, gender inequality, political economy, and labor equity. She believes that enabling and accelerating career transitions is key to unlocking real, bottom-up economic prosperity that can fight poverty, inflation, and instability.  


Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.