Research Fellow within the interdisciplinary CIE-MAP Centre based at the University of Leeds. My research primarily focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of the UK construction sector through the use of alternative materials, technologies and practices that minimise our dependence on materials with carbon-intensive supply chains. This includes the use of unconventional materials; increased deconstruction and material re-use and recycling; lightweighting and member optimisation; substitution of wastes into material production streams; and adaptive re-use and life extension of existing structures.

Prior to joining CIEMAP I was based at the University of Leeds Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies completing a PhD on embodied carbon mitigation. Before that I completed a MEng in Civil Engineering at The University of Glasgow. Throughout my degree I worked within the Building Engineering department of AECOM as part of an ICE QUEST scholarship.

In addition to my research I enjoy getting involved with public engagement projects, such as this graphic novel of childrens' views of a low carbon future. I'm a registered STEM Ambassador and if you'd like me to help on a project that gets people interested in science and their environment, please get in touch.


Email: jannik [at] jannikgiesekam [dot] co [dot] uk

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The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

Lawrence Bragg