Jesse holds a BA (Honours) in History (with distinction) from Rhodes University. She graduated from the ERC in 2011 with a Master of Science specialising in Energy Studies. Her Masters thesis examined the role of industrial policy in meeting climate change mitigation objectives in South Africa. Her research interests include energy and industrial policy, economic history, domestic and international coal markets, the mining and minerals sectors, and state-business relations in South Africa. She has been the postgraduate programme co-ordinator at the ERC since 2013, and also runs the Introduction to Energy Policy and Sustainable Energy Engineering course. If she had any spare time, she would like to go windsurfing more often.