Kathryn Frank earned her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. She earned a Master’s Degree in City and Regionally Planning and Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2000. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Frank’s areas of expertise focuses on innovative planning approaches that are simultaneously integrative, adaptive, and ethical. 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. Her research interests include 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; and rural planning.