Lynn Roche Phillips

  • Assistant Professor
  • Geography
807 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-4140
Research Interests:
Availability

Fall 2018 Office Hours

Wednesdays 12-3:30pm or by appointment

Education

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

Biography

Lynn Roche-Phillips is a Special Title Series Teaching Professor whose areas of research include city and regional planning, the geography of the thoroughbred industry, land use and social justice, and geographic education.  Classes taught include Lands and People of the Non-Western World, Cities of the World, Intro to Urban Planning, Urban Planning and Sustainability, and Environmental Management.  Lynn has also taught "Community 101," a course intended to familiarize UK students with key issues and key stakeholders in Lexington and Fayette County. 

Prior to entering academia, Lynn worked 17 years as a practicing planner with a focus on land use and environmental planning. She worked as a county planning director and planning liaison for the US Marine Corps at Cherry Point, NC.  Lynn is especially interested in land use planning, models of growth management, walkable communities, and alternatives to Euclidean zoning. From 2003-2013, she served on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Planning Commission and was its Secretary when she stepped down.

Lynn's exceptional teaching has been recognized by the Universitywon the 2018 Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and has been recognized six times as Outstanding Geography Teacher in her department. 

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.   Lynn and her geomorphologist husband Jonathan have two adult children and two beautiful, brilliant, and joyful grandchildren.  In her spare time, Lynn is an avid marathoner and swimmer.

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.
  • GEO 222 -- Cities of the World:  This class addresses global urbanization patterns, the influence of colonization on city form, commonalities between cities across continents, and unique attributes of select global cities.
  • GEO235 -- Environmental Management and Policy: 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
Selected Publications: 

Phillips, Lynn R. and Priyanka Ghosh 2017.  “Rural Land Use Inventory:  Fayette County, Kentucky” technical report prepared for The Center for Economic Development in Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, University of Kentucky doi: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35757.38882.

Phillips, Lynn R. 2016.  A Comparative Study of Growth Management Effectiveness and Urban Sprawl in Two Thoroughbred Landscapes” Applied Geography doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.09.002).

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