Department of Urban & Regional Planning
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Kathryn Frank, Ph.D.

Kathryn Frank, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
PO Box 115706
office: 452 ARCH
phone: (352) 392-0997

  • Ph.D.,City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009
  • M.C.R.P., Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 2000
  • B.Ch.E., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1994
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1988

DCP 3220: Social and Cultural Aspects of Sustainability and the Built Environment
URP 6421: Environmental Land Use Planning and Management
URP 6905: Advanced Environmental Planning
URP 6429: Natural Resources Planning and Management


My research and practice focus on innovative planning approaches that are simultaneously integrative, adaptive, and ethical. Such approaches are needed for social transformation to responsibly navigate the rapidly changing world. Examples of these approaches are: connecting science to public decision making, public engagement to build civic capacity, rural and regional planning, and university-based action research.

Research Interests

Environmental and Natural Resources Planning
Ecosystem, Watershed, and Regional Governance
Collaborative Decision Making and Public Participation
Sustainability and Social Learning
Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning
Rural Planning

Major Research Initiatives
  • Florida as a Laboratory for Global Urbanization, Sea Level Rise, and Future Health Risks of Drinking Water Sources. Co-PI; PI Treavor Boyer. University of Florida Research Opportunity Seed Fund, 2012-2014.
  • Planning for Sea Level Rise: A Pilot Study to Evaluate and Improve the Development and Delivery of Habitat Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptive Conservation Designs to Coastal Decision Makers. PI. National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, 2011-2014.
  • Rural Coastal Region Adaptation Planning for Sea Level Rise. PI. Florida Sea Grant, 2012-14.
  • Regional Cooperation in Transportation Planning. Co-PI with Ruth Steiner. Florida Department of Transportation, 2011-12.
  • The Role of Collaboration in Everglades Restoration. Doctoral dissertation, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009.