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ESPON Programme Contact Point Director

Stella KYVELOU,  Architect-Engineer, PhD in Geography and Spatial Planning  from the University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne and  Euromanager in European environmental policy, is currently Asst Professor at the Department of Economics and Regional Development of the  University of Social and Political Sciences Panteion of Athens.  She is Founder and President of the SDMed Association (, an international think-and-do tank dealing with co-operation for sustainable development in the Mediterranean, since 2001. She was also Director of the ESPON 2013 ( European Observatory for territorial development and cohesion ) Hellenic Contact Point and has developed the ESPONTrain, a Virtual learning environment to stimulate interest on ESPON2013 knowledge. She has been member of the Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis Unit of the Greek Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation (1988-2002), visiting Asst Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering of the Democritus University of Thrace (1996-2000) and visiting professor at the Sorbonne university on spatial planning and environment. Her thesis and research focus on coastal tourism, integrated cioastal zone management and maritiime spatial planning. Author of several articles and books on strategic spatial planning and territorial cohsesion, urban and building sustainability as well as on related innovative financial mechanisms. In 2011, Stella Kyvelou has been awarded as “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French government for her works on sustainability. She is the organiser of a series of international events on sustainable, low-carbon and frugal cities in the Mediterranean, SB05MED&Expo, SB08MED&Expo, ECHOPOLIS 2013, ECHOPOLIS 2015, as well as of many other international events on energy,environment and blue growth related issues. In the framework of the ESPON Programme she organised a Transnational event in Pireaus, on November 10-11-12, 2014, about Blue Growth and land sea interactions in Europe and in Greece, focusing on blue growth opportunities to boost youth entrepreunership, jobs and growth in the mediterranean.  

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