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Dr Giesekam is a Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research and consultancy focusses on climate change mitigation in industrial supply chains, with a particular emphasis on the UK construction industry. This includes work on the policy and practices required to deliver net zero carbon buildings and infrastructure and a more circular economy. See his website for recent news and ongoing projects.

Jannik has undertaken work for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Green Construction Board, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and the Scottish Government. He is currently sitting on a range of steering and working groups such as the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Carbon Project and the Net Zero Infrastructure Coalition Embodied Carbon Working Group. He has contributed to widely used guidance documents produced by groups such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). He has also acted as an expert reviewer for a wide range of organisations such as Chatham House, the Overseas Development Institute and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

Jannik regularly presents to mixed audiences of academics, industrial practitioners and policy makers. This includes invited presentations at 7 government departments, the International Energy Agency (IEA), professional institutes (e.g. ICE, IStructE, CIOB), non-profits (e.g. CIRIA & ASBP), industry conferences (e.g. Ecobuild, Carbon Crunch, Volvo Construction Climate Challenge) and numerous other events - see his website for slides and recordings.

In addition to academic research, Jannik undertakes a small number of consultancy projects each year - past clients include Zero Waste Scotland, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB).

Prior to September 2021 Jannik spent a decade at the University of Leeds. During this time he was a Research Fellow in Industrial Climate Policy at the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (2018-2021), a Research Fellow in Energy, Materials and Climate Policy at the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (2015-2018) and completed a PhD on embodied carbon mitigation in the UK construction industry (2011-2016).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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