Dr. Stella Kyvelou is the MSP focal point for the Eastern Mediterranean. She is Professor and Head of the Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies at the Department of Economic and Regional Development of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She studied Architecture-Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and holds a DEA and PhD in Spatial, Regional & Urban Planning of the University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. She specialises in European environmental policy, local development and Maritime Spatial Planning, carrying out research and teaching of MSP at Panteion University.
Her research activities include European territorial development and cohesion and she was a Scientific Expert of the ESPON2006 National Contact Point (2000-2006) and Director of the ESPON2013 National Contact Point (2008-2015) 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 research project “Developing an Observation Network for Maritime Cultural Heritage (MCH/UCH) in Greece”. Her research interests are focusing on blue growth, maritime spatial planning, tourism and heritage, incorporation of MCH/UCH in MSP, land-sea interaction, sustainable urban development and sustainable construction, inclusive growth, geography and geopolitics.
She is an author of several books and articles, columnist in electronic media and key-note speaker in meetings and conferences (e.g. European Maritime Day, ESPON seminars, IMP Facility for the Mediterranean, ECHOPOLIS 2018, Council of Europe Workshops, INTERREG Greece-Cyprus workshop about diving tourism, Multi-Use MED Webinar, Multi-Frame Project Webinar, EUSAIR workshops on green and blue corridors and MSP etc.). She has served as Deputy Head the Department of Economic and Regional development of Panteion University (2018-2020) and was Special Adviser to the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy on issues related to insular policies, MSP and protection of the marine environment (2018-2019).
Stella is president of the Greek-French and International non-profit entity SDMED Observation, Planning & Eco-Innovation. She has a great number of publications in scientific journals, international conferences and scientific books, among them a collective Handbook entitled “Maritime Spatial issues: maritime dimension of territorial cohesion, MSP, sustainable blue growth” (ed.KRITIKI, 2016). She teaches at International Master and PhD programmes ( MSTourHer International Master on tourism and heritage, International PhD Programme on ‘Territory, Innovation and Sustainability’ etc.). In 2011, she was awarded by the French government «Chevalier à l’ordre de Palmes Académiques». She belongs also to the focal point on SDGs of Panteion University, focusing on SDG14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.