Lynn Roche Phillips

  • Assistant Professor
  • Geography
807 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-4140
Research Interests:
Office Hours: MW 1-3pm

B.A. Geography, East Carolina University 1985
M.A. Geography, East Carolina University 1981
Ph.D. Department of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville, 2013 Concentration in city and regional planning


Lynn Roche-Phillips has taught in the Geography Department since Fall 2001. Classes taught include Lands and Peoples of the Non-Western World, Environmental Geography, Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Planning for Sustainable Cities.

Prior to entering academia, Lynn worked as a professional urban planner with a focus on environmental planning. She started at UK as a part-time instructor in 2001 and was promoted to Assistant Professor after completing her PhD in 2013.  Her research interests include sprawl, growth management and the role of political culture in managing land use. She teaches introductory geography classes, as well as urban and regional planning, and has been a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Planning Commission since 2003.

In addition to being locally engaged on land development policy, Lynn coordinates internships within the Department of Geography and is faculty sponsor for Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographical honor society.  She is also the faculty mentor for the Pokemon Trainers’ Association at the University of Kentucky.  Lynn and her geographer husband Jonathan have two kids, and in her spare time, Lynn is an avid distance runner.

Courses Taught:

  • GEO160 -- Lands and Peoples of the Non-Western World: This is a partly topical, partly regional class of the people and places of Africa and Asia. Cultural sensitivities and development issues are emphasized.
  • GEO152 -- World Regional Geography: A whirlwind tour of the world as seen through the eyes of a geographer.
  • GEO235 -- Pollution, Hazards and Environmental Management: Wonder what your government is doing to clean up polluted air, water and land? How is the environment adversely affected by everyday activities, like automobile driving and washing clothes? This class identifies and explains the physical and political complexities behind environmental issues, and the effectiveness of laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, in managing our country's natural resources.
  • GEO285 -- Introduction to Planning: What is the difference between planning and zoning? Why doesn't Fayette County have many mobile home parks? What is a PDR and why should you care? Is there a connection between transportation and development? This class is a cursory look at the many facets of urban and regional planning and considers the linkages between quality of life for the public and the role of the professional planner.
  • GEO485G -- Urban Planning and Sustainability: Part 2 of GEO285. Course involves detailed application of principles learned in GEO285 to explore sustainability in a local context. Prerequisite: GEO285 or consent of instructor.
Graduate Training

Dissertation: "Land Use Controls, Equine Landscapes and the Role of Political Culture in Managing Sprawl Development"
Advisor: H. V. Savitch

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