People

Head of Group
Professor Julian Allwood FREng

Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Cambridge. He worked for 10 years for Alcoa, prior to developing an academic career, initially at Imperial College, and from 2000 in Cambridge. In parallel with developing new manufacturing technologies for...

Research associate
Dr Hannes Gauch

Hannes’ current research is across civil and environmental engineering and focusses on resource efficiency in the construction and operation of buildings. More specifically, he is interested in exploring trade-offs between service, emissions, energy, and cost amongst design options in both...

Dr André Cabrera Serrenho

André is interested in energy and material flow and stock analysis for bulk materials. He aims to assess in-use material stocks, service delivery, and the relation between material stocks and well-being. André has developed a material flow analysis for steel in the UK, accounting for steel...

Dr Christopher Cleaver

Christopher is a Senior Research Associate working on novel manufacturing processes for improved resource efficiency and productivity. His research covers three of the main processes we work on in the Use Less lab: flexible ring rolling, folding-shearing and flexible metal spinning –...

Dr Cyrille Dunant

Dr Dunant holds a PhD in Material science. His background in concrete durability has led him to develop an interest in design and efficient use of materials. He is now currently working on two projects, both centred on making better use of steel in construction. The first explores the barriers...

Dr José Azevedo

José Azevedo is focused on the use and production of steel powder for manufacturing. His PhD is sponsored by Tata Steel UK. The main objective is to find technical solutions that improve energy and/or material efficiency within steel powder processing. José has a Mechanical Engineering degree...

PhD Student
Lukas Gast

Lukas is interested in the the utilisation of industrial by-products and the concept of an industrial symbiosis. The aim of the project is to analyse current global waste streams and identify ways for using waste more effectively to mitigate GHG emissions.

Outside of his research, he...

Jenny Hawkin
Sarah Nelson

Sarah’s research bridges the disciplines of economics and engineering to assess barriers to urgent climate policy. The aim of Sarah’s work is to investigate the technological and social viability of proposed pathways to net zero using political economy theory, economic modelling and quantitative...

Sam Stephenson
Simon Davies

Simon is working with Siemens Corporate Technology to develop a city-scale analysis of the energy, material and natural resource flows activated by cities, including their impact on greenhouse gases. The project aims to develop an evidence base for exploring alternative development paths for...

Catherine Richards

Catherine's research seeks to reduce the ambiguity and abstractions surrounding sustainability by examining the relationship between resource degradation and societal collapse. Her work will utilise system dynamics techniques to reconcile the non-linear feedbacks between social, cultural,...

Group Administrator
Liz Jarvis
Kirsten Helene Saward

 Kirsten looks after the administration of the projects which includes monitoring budgets and spend, overseeing recruitment and arranging the meetings of the group. Before joining the Use Less Group, Kirsten worked as administration manager in the...

Liz Jarvis
Multimedia Designer / Communications Manager
Fran O'Neill Sergent

Fran joins us from a background in television and radio production, having worked for RDF Television, Fever Media, Pozzitive Television and in-house at the BBC. She now specialises in multimedia production, focussing on designing and building our websites, filming and editing videos and creating...

Business Manager
Pippa Horton

Pippa joined the Use Less Group in October 2016, as a PhD student.  She is interested in material efficient manufacturing techniques. She aims to develop a material efficient sheet metal stamping process which can be readily adopted in industry to reduce sheet metal scrap. Pippa has quantified...