--> Jesse Reynolds / international & technology environmental policy – Jesse Reynolds / international environmental & technology policy
Jesse Reynolds

Jesse Reynolds is an expert in international environmental policy. He researches and advises on how norms, rules, procedures, and institutions can help manage environmental opportunities and challenges, particularly those involving emerging technologies. In this, he draws from international environmental law, international relations, and economics. Dr. Reynolds has extensively investigated the governance of geoengineering (climate engineering), a group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to counterbalance anthropogenic climate change. His book The Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Managing Climate Change in the Anthropocene was published on Cambridge University Press. Dr. Reynolds has also studied the roles of new biotechnologies, such as gene drives, and artificial intelligence in the conservation of biodiversity and facilitating sustainability more generally. He currently is Senior Policy Officer for the Global Commission on Governing Risks from Climate Overshoot at the Paris Peace Forum, co-hosts the Challenging Climate podcast, and provides services through Divided Sky Research and Consulting. Prior to these, Dr. Reynolds was an Emmett / Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy at the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He has degrees from Tilburg University, The Netherlands (partially as a Fulbright Fellow, US Department of State); the University of California, Berkeley (as an EPA Science-to-Achieve Results Fellow); and Hampshire College.


  • present2022

    Senior Policy Officer, Global Commission on Governing Risks from Climate Overshoot

    Paris Peace Forum

  • present2021


    Divided Sky Research and Consulting

  • 20212018

    Emmett / Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy

    Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
    School of Law
    University of California, Los Angeles

  • 20212018

    Research affiliate

    Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program
    Harvard University

  • 20212017

    Associate researcher (2018-2021)
    Assistant professor (2018)
    Post-doctoral researcher (2017)
    Research funding coordinator(2017-2018)

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

  • 20172010

    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