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Jesse Reynolds

Dr. Jesse Reynolds is a scholar of international environmental policy. He researches and teaches how society can develop norms, rules, procedures, and institutions to manage environmental opportunities and challenges, particularly those involving new technologies. While his approach is centered within international environmental law, he draws upon other disciplines, including international relations and economics. Dr. Reynolds has extensively researched 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 recently published on Cambridge University Press. Dr. Reynolds is also currently exploring the roles of new biotechnologies, such as gene drives, and artificial intelligence in the conservation of biodiversity and facilitating sustainability more generally. He is 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 is also an associate researcher at the Utrecht Center for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University and a research affiliate at Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Harvard University. Dr. Reynolds 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.

Academic Positions

  • Present2018

    Emmett / Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy

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

  • Present2018

    Research affiliate

    Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program
    Harvard University

  • Present2017

    Associate researcher (2018-present)
    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

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.