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About Jesse Reynolds

Dr. Jesse Reynolds (CV) is a scholar of international environmental policy. He researches and teaches how society can develop norms, rules, procedures, 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 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 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.

Research Interests

Climate engineering, Geoengineering, Regulation, Climate change, Environmental law, International law, Economic analysis of law, Climate economics, and International relations

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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Fellow, International Educational Exchange Program, U.S. Department of State, 2010-2011
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellow, 1997-2000
  • Hewlett Fellowship, 1997 (offered but declined)
  • National Institute for Global Environmental Change Summer Research Fellow, Harvard University Forest and Woods Hole Research Center

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