Dr Despoina Teli is an associate professor at the Division of Building Services Engineering. Since 2012 she has been working as a lecturer in Energy and Sustainability within ECCD at the University of Southampton. Despoina’s research interests are focused on the interaction between buildings and their occupants, with a particular interest in thermal comfort and energy use. She is currently running a project on young children’s thermal comfort in grade school classrooms, which aims to increase our understanding of the year-round indoor climate requirements for school environments.

She obtained her first degree in Architecture in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 2007 from the Faculty of Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2013 she was awarded her PhD, which looked at thermal performance and occupant comfort in school buildings. She has previously worked as a freelance and associate architect on numerous projects, specialising in bioclimatic design and sustainable urban development. Projects included offices, private houses commercial buildings and public open spaces.