Prof. Stella KYVELOU-CHIOTINI is a Greek senior expert in Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, Blue economy and Maritime Spatial Planning. As part of the AM MSP, she is the geographical expert for the Eastern Mediterranean. Stella is Professor in “Spatial Planning and Sustainable development” and Head of the Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies at the Department of Economic and Regional Development of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. She studied Architecture-Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and holds a post-graduate DEA (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) and PhD in Spatial, Regional and Urban Planning of the University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a specialist in European environmental policy (EIPA, Maastricht), local development, sustainable blue economy and Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), carrying out research and teaching of MSP at the Department of Economic and Regional development of Panteion University. Her research activities include European territorial development and cohesion. She was a Scientific Expert of the ESPON2006 National Contact Point (2000-2006) and Director of the ESPON2013 National Contact Point (2008-2014) providing, in parallel, consultancy to the Greek Ministry of Development. She has been involved as expert in several MSP projects, namely SUPREME, IMP facility for the Mediterranean, MUSES, IMP facility for the Black Sea etc. and as coordinator in ESPONTrain (LP), ESPON-INTERSTRAT, ESPON-USESPON, and ESPON-on-the-Road. Currently she is principal investigator of the HER-SEA national research project “Developing an Observation Network for Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH/UCH) in Greece” and coordinator (for Greece) of the REGINA-MSP Project dealing with Regions to boost national Maritime Spatial Planning, under the leadership of CEREMA (France) and participation of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR). Her research interests are focusing on blue economy, maritime spatial planning, tourism and heritage, incorporation of MCH/UCH in MSP, land-sea interaction, climate-smart MSP, sustainable urban development and construction, inclusive growth, geography and geopolitics.
Author of several books and articles, columnist in electronic media and invited speaker in meetings and conferences (e.g. PECH Committee of European Parliament, European Maritime Day, ESPON seminars, IMP Facility for the Mediterranean, Council of Europe, MSP-MED project and INTERREG Greece-Cyprus workshops, Multi-Use MED and Multi-Frame Project Webinars, EUSAIR workshops, series of ECHOPOLIS international conferences, etc.), she has served as Deputy Head of the Dpt of Economic and Regional development of Panteion University (2018-2020) and was Special Adviser to the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy on insular policies, MSP and ecosystem-based management (2018-2019) and member of the Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis Unit of the Hellenic Ministry to the Presidency of Government (1988-2002). She is currently member of the Hellenic National Spatial Planning Council (6/2022-current). Stella is president of the Greek-French and International non-profit entity “SDMED Observation, Planning & Eco-Innovation” and Vice President of the Scientific Council of the INGO EUROPA (France), having a consultative status to the Council of Europe. She has a great number of publications and scientific books, among them a collective Handbook entitled “Maritime Spatial issues: maritime dimension of territorial cohesion, MSP, sustainable blue growth” (2016). She teaches at International Master/PhD programmes (International Master on tourism and heritage, International PhD Programme on ‘Territory, Innovation and Sustainability’ etc.). In 2011, she was awarded by the French government the distinction of «Chevalier à l’ordre de Palmes Académiques». She belongs also to the focal point on SDGs of Panteion University with a focus on SDG14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.