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Jesse Reynolds

Jesse Reynolds is an expert in international environmental policy. He researches and advises on how rules 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 diverse group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to reduce 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, in the conservation of biodiversity and facilitating sustainability more generally. He currently is Executive Secretary of the Global Commission on Governing Risks from Climate Overshoot and Senior Policy Officer at the Paris Peace Forum. He also co-hosts the Challenging Climate podcast. Prior to these roles, 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

    Executive Secretary

    Global Commission on Governing Risks from Climate Overshoot

    • present2022

      Senior Policy Officer

      Paris Peace Forum

    • 20212021


      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