Elena Petsani is an Academic Assistant in the Strategic Urban Planning and Policy specialization team. At IHS, she participates in advisory and research projects related to sustainable urban growth, multi-stakeholder participation in spatial planning processes, disaster risk management, and resilient planning, and also supports the educational and training activities within the Master’s course.
Her main expertise is in sustainable urban planning, resilient cities, and spatial analysis processes. It relates strategic and land use planning, integrating socio-economic and environmental perspectives in multi-stakeholder spatial planning processes, and urban dynamics. She has gained professional experience in the above-mentioned disciplines by elaborating on Urban Planning Strategies and developing tools, to address the dynamics of the human activity and the territory in order to improve the wellbeing of people living in urban and rural areas. Furthermore, her research experience includes the analysis of disaster management and decision-making supported by remote sensing techniques, as well as urban security and social resilience.
Previous to joining IHS, Elena worked for 3 years as an Urban Planner, which enhanced her professional experience in co-producing commonly desired urban developments through multi-stakeholder advisory projects. Mainly funded by the national governments or local authorities in Greece and Albania, those projects aimed to support several municipalities in their effort to develop evidence-based actions to the sustainable governance of the territory.
To summarize, over the last four years, Elena has acquired academic and professional experience in applying urban management, development tools and strategies, to understand how spatial dynamics influence different variables in the context of sustainable urban development.