Kelly has a PhD and Master’s degree (MArch) in Urban Design from the University of Nottingham as well as a Bachelor’s (BArch) and Master’s degree (MArch) in Architecture from the University of Crete, Greece. She is also a qualified architect, a BREEAM approved graduate and an active member of CO-URBAN research network. Kelly’s interest in Urban Design evolved from working in an Urban design and Planning studio in Athens after completing her architectural studies. After moving to the UK and gaining a Master’s degree (MArch) in Sustainable Urban Design with distinction, she was awarded with the Vice Chancellor’s scholarship by the University of Nottingham, and the opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD project. Along with her 3-year research project, she also worked at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham as teaching assistant in postgraduate urban design and architectural courses. During her academic journey she was involved in several ongoing large-scale urban developments in the UK and internationally, and has also published a number of research papers. Being extremely passionate about cities and their versatile effects on human wellbeing, her research looks at advanced applications of urban design, sustainable urbanism and place experience.