Brian Doucet

Urban Geographer


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I am originally from Toronto, but have lived in Holland since 2004. My work critically examines today’s urban renaissance and questions the celebration of the contemporary cities by asking: who profits from this remaking of the city? I have written extensively on gentrification, waterfront regeneration and urban redevelopment. My approach is to focus on  engaged research, relevant to academic, political and societal debates.

I am particularly interested in how the political-economic context of post-industrial economies and neoliberal governance produces the inequality that we see in today's cities. My research has specifically focused on the production of gentrification and how the process has become celebrated amongst urban leaders in today's major cities.

I am also interested in how gentrificaiton and wider processes of urban change are experienced on a day-to-day level. Using class as a unit of analysis, my work seeks to understand the perceptions and experiences of residents who are not part of the much-celebrated 'urban renaissance.'

I am currently under advanced contract for two scholarly books:

Why Detroit Matters(Policy Press) will be an edited volume brining together some of the leading scholars, writers and thinkers on Detroit to examine the lessons and visions from the Motor City. (read more here)

Streetcars and the Changing Geography of Toronto(University of Toronto Press, written together with Michael Doucet) is a visual analysis of how Toronto has changed since the 1960s. (see more here)

I am passionate about teaching and believe that contributing to education is essential to being a successful scholar. My research heavily influences my teaching, while at the same time I encourage students to critically examine the world around them and question why things are where they are.

News and Events


5 January

"Building an urban 'renaissance:' fragmented services and the production of inequality in Greater Downtown Detroit" (co-authored with Edske Smit) has been published in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

1 December

Ongelijkheid, gentrification en de stad

Article published in Versbeton (in Dutch)

Jane Jacobs 100: her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century

24 - 25 May 2016

Hosted by TU Delft and Erasmus University College

Rotterdam Urban Lectures

A new public lecture series on cities at Erasmus University College. More information here

1 October

New job as Senior Lecturer, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus University College, Rotterdam