Dr Jannik Giesekam

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Personal statement

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 primarily focuses on problem-oriented policy relevant research. He has undertaken work for the Department for Transport (DfT), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Green Construction Board, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) and the Scottish Government. He is also the department's Deputy Director of Knowledge Exchange: Policy Engagement.

He has participated in a range of working, steering and expert advisory groups for organisations such as the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Science Based Targets Initiative. 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 joining Strathclyde in 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).

Get in touch if you are interested in collaborating on research or knowledge exchange projects or doing a PhD under Jannik's supervision.

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Global review of whole life carbon assessments in the built environment
Jans-Singh Melanie, Giesekam Jannik, Astrand Josie, Neto-Bradley André Paul, Maynard Josh, Stephenson Anna
2023 CIBSE Technical Symposium (2023)
Estimating the whole life carbon emissions of transport infrastructure : challenges and opportunities
Morgan Malcolm, Giesekam Jannik, Philips Ian, Anable Jillian, Dixon James
UTSG 54 - 54th Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference (2022)
Energy demand reduction options for meeting national zero-emission targets in the United Kingdom
Barrett John, Pye Steve, Betts-Davies Sam, Broad Oliver, Price James, Eyre Nick, Anable Jillian, Brand Christian, Bennett George, Carr-Whitworth Rachel, Garvey Alice, Giesekam Jannik, Marsden Greg, Norman Jonathan, Oreszczyn Tadj, Ruyssevelt Paul, Scott Kate
Nature Energy Vol 7, pp. 726-735 (2022)
Regulating Embodied Carbon in Scotland's Buildings
Hart Jim, Giesekam Jannik, Pomponi Francesco, Saint Ruth
An Industry-Proposed Amendment to the Building Regulations 2010 : Proposed Document Z
Arnold Will, Den Dekker Tim, Giesekam Jannik, Godefroy Julie, Sturgis Simon
Science-based targets : on target?
Giesekam Jannik, Norman Jonathan, Garvey Alice, Betts-Davies Sam
Sustainability (Switzerland) Vol 13, pp. 1-20 (2021)

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Jannik teaches on topics related to climate change mitigation, life cycle assessment and the circular economy.

Jannik is the module leader for CL988 Leading Issues In The Circular Economy & CL994 Circular Economy And Transformations Towards Sustainability.

Jannik supervises undergraduate and masters student dissertations and projects with industry on CL980 Dissertation Project, CL448 Individual Project & CL973 Independent Study In Collaboration With Industry.

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Professional Activities

Whole Life Cycle Policy Coalition (External organisation)
Embodied carbon
Science Based Targets Initiative MRV Framework Expert Advisory Group (External organisation)
Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities Whole Lifecycle Carbon Assessment Expert Advisory Group (External organisation)
Future Homes Hub Whole Life Carbon Oversight Group (External organisation)
Interaction between the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard and other industry initiatives

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Mechanochemical processing of silicate rocks for direct carbon capture (MACO2)
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Giesekam, Jannik (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Stillings, Mark (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 30-Jan-2027
DfT SDCA Secondary Data Platform
Morgan, Malcolm (Principal Investigator) Giesekam, Jannik (Co-investigator)
Award from the UK Department for Transport to develop a digital platform to visualise cross-sectoral infrastructure carbon impacts under the Shared Digital Carbon Architecture programme
11-Jan-2021 - 10-Jan-2022
SDCA Scondary Platform (Shared Digital Carbon Architecture)
Giesekam, Jannik (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 17-Jan-2022

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Dr Jannik Giesekam
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: jannik.giesekam@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted