Athena Yiannakou is a Professor of urban planning and development at the School of Planning and Development, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. She studied Architecture at AUTH, Faculty of Engineering (Diploma 1979), and Regional and Urban Planning at the London School of Economics (M.Sc. 1981 and Ph.D. 1993). Her primary areas of expertise include urban and regional planning, urban regeneration, European spatial planning systems, cities and crisis, spatial planning, sustainable development and climate change, transport infrastructure and spatial development. She is co-writer of four urban planning books among which the books City and Planning Practices for Sustainable Urban Development, 2 nd revised edition (Kritiki 2014) and Sustainable Cities: Adaptation and Resilience in Times of Crisis (Hellenic Academic eBooks 2015), and has published multiple articles in journals, conference proceedings and collective volumes. She has participated in various research projects, funded by national and European funding. She has worked for a long time as a professional planner and has been project leader of numerous regional and urban plans, urban renewal and regeneration projects, spatial development and spatial impact assessment projects, and environmental projects. She has been awarded in national and international competitions for major urban planning and design projects.