Brian Doucet

Urban Geographer


News and Events

16 October

Article: 'Variations of the Entrepreneurial City: Goals, roles and visions in Rotterdam's Kop van Zuid and the Glasgow Harbour Megaprojects' published in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

10 October

Newspaper article: 'Seeing hope amongst Detroit's ruins' published in The Detroit News

I am a Canadian-born urban geographer who has lived in the Netherlands since 2004. I am currently a lecturer in urban geography in the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, where I also completed my Master's and PhD. Over the past ten years, I have also spent a considerable amount of time living, studying and working in Scotland.

Research Interests:

    - Gentrification
    - Flagship regeneration
    - Neighbourhood change
    - Waterfronts
    - Immigrant settlement patterns
    - Urban entrepreneurialism
    - Transport and mobility

    - Dutch cities
    - Scottish cities
    - North American cities


    - Toronto
    - Detroit

Urban geographers are fortunate because we can observe the different patterns and processes which we study and research in our daily lives. I believe you can learn a lot about a city by walking around it and speaking to people who live there.  

My current research involves examining the experiences of living through gentrification, the differences between gentrification in cities with different economic structures, the visions behind waterfront regeneration and flagships and understanding the key issues surrounding shrinking cities such as Detroit.

I am always looking for motivated, hard working and passionate master's students to develop ideas and work together. If you are interested in researching any of these themes, do not hesitate to get in touch.

18 March

Special Issue on gentrification (guest editor Brian Doucet) published in the Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie

2 April

Live interview on Radio Redmond, Amsterdam on gentrification. 

10 - 19 April

Toronto and Detroit Field Trip

2 April

Health and Food in the Neighbourhood

Research Grant 27.500 EUR

From Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences

Partners: Dr Veronique Schutjens, Dr Matthieu Permentier, Dr Gideon Bolt

19 May

Research grant (7.500 EUR) to work on my edited book on Detroit 'Can't Forget the Motor City: why what happens in Detroit matters for the urban world