Jesse Reynolds


Dr. Jesse Reynolds is a scholar of international environmental policy. He researches and teaches how society can develop norms, rules, and institutions to manage environmental problems, particularly those involving new technologies. While his approach is centered within international environmental law, he draws upon other disciplines, including international relations and economics. Presently, Dr. Reynolds’s primary research focus is on climate engineering (or geoengineering), a group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to counterbalance anthropogenic climate change. Dr. Reynolds is an assistant professor at the Utrecht Center for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. in international public law from Tilburg University; his master’s in environmental policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and his bachelor’s in chemistry and environmental sciences from Hampshire College.

Academic Positions

  • Present2017

    Assistant professor (2018)
    Post-doctoral researcher (2017)
    Research funding coordinator

    Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law
    Faculty of Law, Economics, and Governance
    Utrecht University

  • 20172010

    Lecturer, part time (2017)
    Post-doctoral researcher (2014-2016)
    Research funding coordinator (2014-2016)
    Ph.D. candidate (2010-2014)

    Department of European and Public International Law
    Faculty of Law
    Tilburg University

  • 20162010

    Affiliated researcher

    Tilburg Sustainability Center
    School of Economics and Management
    Tilburg University


  • Ph.D. 2014

    International public law

    Tilburg University

  • M.S. 2000

    Environmental science, policy, and management

    University of California, Berkeley

  • B.A. 1997

    Chemistry and environmental science

    Hampshire College

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2010-2011
    Fulbright Fellowship, International Educational Exchange Program, U.S. Department of State
    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. This fellowship supported Dr. Reynolds in his first year of research towards his Ph.D.
  • 1997-2000
    Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Through the STAR Graduate Fellowship Program, the EPA has supported the nation’s brightest and most highly motivated students in their academic and research pursuits. This fellowship enabled Dr. Reynolds to pursue research that led to his master’s thesis.
  • 1997
    William and Flora Hewlett Fellowship
    The Hewlett Fellowships supported promising early career researchers at the University of California. Dr. Reynolds was offered this but declined due to the offer of a EPA STAR fellowship.
  • 1995
    National Institute for Global Environmental Change Summer Research Fellowship, Harvard Forest
    The National Institute for Global Environmental Change was a U.S. Department of Energy program to support research on the interactions between ecosystems and climate. As a Summer Research Fellow, Dr. Reynolds conducted field research on soil respiration at the Harvard Forest under supervision of the Woods Hole Research Center.