Kelly is the Programme Manager for the Arcadia funded Endangered Wooden Architecture Programme (EWAP). The grant giving programme aims to document endangered wooden building traditions and preserve the record long term. Kelly's previous roles have included managing the Wellcome Trust funded Livestock Environment and People Programme at the University of Oxford, and a teaching fellow on the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning Programme at the University of Warwick.
Kelly’s background is in archaeology, specialising in archaeobotany. Her research focuses predominantly on the reconstruction of past diet and subsistence strategies in the Balkans from the Neolithic to the Late Middle Ages (6000 BC – 16th Century AD). She continues to regularly collaborate with archaeologists on projects examining the impacts of human-environmental interactions.