Stella Sofia Kyvelou-Chiotini


Regional Science


Aristotelous 29, 1st Floor





Research interests

Dr. Stella Kyvelou is Professor at the Dpt 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 Planning, 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 on MSP at Panteion University. Her research activities include European territorial development and cohesion and was 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 EU 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. Her research interests are focusing on strategic spatial planning, sustainable urban development and sustainable construction, blue growth, maritime spatial planning, tourism and heritage, land-sea interaction, inclusive growth, geography and geopolitics. She 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). 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 is columnist in electronic media and key-note speaker in meetings and conferences. Stella is president of the Greek-French and International non-profit entity SDMED Observation, Planning & Eco-Innovation and teaches at the MSTourHer International Master programme about tourism and heritage, focusing on MSP, UCH and MCH. In 2011, she was awarded by the French government «Chevalier à l’ordre de Palmes Académiques». She belongs to the focal point on SDGs of Panteion University and is currently the MSP focal point for the Eastern Mediterranean as independent expert (DGMARE/EASME).

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Recently published

1. Kyvelou, S.S.; Bobolos, N.; Tsaligopoulos, A. Exploring the Effects of “Smart City” in the Inner-City Fabric of the Mediterranean Metropolis: Towards a Bio-Cultural Sonic Diversity? Heritage 2021, 4, 690-709.

2. A. Tsaligopoulos, St. Kyvelou, N. E. Votsi, A. Karapostoli, C. Economou, Y.Matsinos, Towards a new understanding of the concept of quietness (2021), , 10.1121/10.0004554 [doi], The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America April 2021 149(4):A72, DOI: 10.1121/10.0004554

3. Kyvelou, S.S.I.; Ierapetritis, D.G. Fostering spatial efficiency in the marine space, in a socially sustainable way: lessons learnt from a soft multi-use (MU) assessment in the Mediterranean, Frontiers in Marine Science, 2021, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.613721

4. Tsaligopoulos, A.; Kyvelou, S.; Votsi, N.-E.; Karapostoli, A.; Economou, C.; Matsinos, Y.G. Revisiting the Concept of Quietness in the Urban Environment—Towards Ecosystems’ Health and Human Well-Being. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3151.

5. Gourgiotis, A.; Kyvelou, S.S.; Lainas, I. Industrial Location in Greece: Fostering Green Transition and Synergies between Industrial and Spatial Planning Policies. Land 2021, 10, 271.

6. Social Contexts, Local Practices, and Urban Projects for a Bioregional Postcrisis Recovery: The Emblematic Example of Athens’ Fringe, Greece, In book: Bioregional Planning and Design: Volume II, July 2020, with Mavrakis Anastasios, Luca Salvati, Tasopoulos Anastasios, Christides Anastasios, Verouti Eleni, Liakou Margarita, Cividino Sirio, Ilaria Zambon, and Papavasileiou Christina, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-46083-9_7

7. Implementation challenges of maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Greece under a place-based approach, Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration volume 5, Article number: 39 (2020) with M. Papageorgiou, E. Beriatos, O. Christopoulou, M.-N. Duquenne, D. Kallioras, S. Sakellariou, Th. Kostopoulou, A. Sfougaris, E. Mente, I. Karapanagiotidis, E. Tzannatos, K. Kanellopoulou & A. Papachatzi, DOI :

8. Fisheries Sustainability through Soft Multi-Use Maritime Spatial Planning and Local Development Co-Management: Potentials and Challenges in Greece. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2026 with D.G.Ierapetritis, doi:

9. Discussing and Analyzing “Maritime Cohesion” in MSP, to Achieve Sustainability in the Marine Realm. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3444, with D.G.Ierapetritis, doi: 10.3390/su11123444

10. Landscape as Connecting Link of Nature and Culture: Spatial Planning Policy Implications in Greece. Urban Sci.2019, 3, 81. with A.Gourgiotis doi: 10.3390/urbansci3030081

11. Towards a Preservation–Sustainability Nexus: Applying LCA to Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Modern Built Heritage. Sustainability 2019,11, 6147. with Karoglou, M, Boukouvalas, C.Theofani, C.Bakolas, A.Krokida, M.Moropoulou, A. doi: 10.3390/su11216147

12. How to make blue growth operational ? : a local and regional stakeholders perspective in Greece, Journal of Maritime Affairs, Springer, 2019, with D.G Ierapetritis.

13. The urban question in the context of the “double world”. Homo Virtualis, 2(1), 108-112. doi:

14. Soundscape Ecological Connectivity Research Supported by a DPSIR Framework: The case of Mytilene’s Quiet Areas, Special Issue “Sound and the Healthy City”, Routledge, 2019 with Tsaligopoulos A., Karapostoli Aim., Radicchi A., Economou Ch., Y.G.Matsinos.

15. Aspects of marine spatial planning and governance: Adapting to the transboundary nature and the special conditions of the sea, European Journal of Environmental Sciences Vol 8(No 1), June 2018, pp. 31-37 with M.Papageorgiou

16. Maritime spatial planning as evolving policy in Europe : attitudes, challenges and trends, European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities – EQPAM, Vol.6, No3, July 2017, pp.1-14ω 17. Current attitudes and lessons learnt in Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning in D. Kitsiou and M. Karydis (Eds) “Marine Spatial Planning: Methodologies, Environmental Issues and Current Trends”, Nova Science, NY. 2017, pp. 71-92 with I.V Pothitaki

18. From Centralism to Decentralization and Back to Recentralization due to the Economic Crisis: Findings and Lessons Learnt from the Greek Experience in Ruano J., Porfiroiu M., (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Decentralisation in Europe, Routledge, 2017, pp. 297-326 with N.Marava