Brian Doucet

Urban Geographer


Invited talks, presentations and addresses


(If you are interested in having me speak at an event you are organizing, please get in touch!)




Third Age Learning Kitchener-Waterloo. Interpreting change in the urban landscape in Waterloo Region and Beyond. 28 February 2019.


Bikeminds. From Normality to advocate: how 13 years in the Netherlands shaped my view of cycling. 27 February 2019. Toronto.


Urban Salon (London, UK). Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city. 9 January 2019.

Heriot Watt University. Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city. 14 December 2018.


University of Edinburgh. Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city. 12 December 2018.


University of Michigan, Detroit School Lecture Series. Why Detroit Matters, lessons and insights beyond America. 6 December 2018.


Doors Open Waterloo Region. What is a city? Interpreting change in the urban landscape. 15 September 2018.


London Bicycle Café. ‘Everybody bikes!’ How the Dutch built a cycling paradise, what we can learn from it and what it’s about more than bike lanes. 14 September 2018.


Region of Waterloo. Inclusive neighbourhood? Gentrification, urban change and inspiring visions for a just and fair city, 26 March 2018.


Mount Hope Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association (Kitchener), Love my ‘hood series. Inclusive neighbourhood? Gentrification, urban change and inspiring visions for a just and fair city. 15 February 2018, Kitchener.

Faculty of Environment Dean’s Lecture Series. Complete communities in cities and towns, 27 October 2018, Waterloo


7th Transnational Futurologic Symposium on Free Cultural Spaces Gentrification, resistance and conflicting visions for the city, 13 October 2017, Amsterdam


Gemeente Rotterdam, Gesprek met de Stad, talkshow ‘Van wie is de stad nou eigenlijk?’ 13 April 2017, Rotterdam


Malmberg Publishers, Urban Guides Rotterdam. Lecture for high school geography teachers: Stedelijke ‘renaissance’? Gentrification, ongelijkheid en de hedendaagse stad 28 March 2017, Rotterdam


RU Groningen, Department of Geography. Why Detroit Matters: lessons and visions from the ‘Motor City’ 22 March 2017, Groningen.


Municipality of Utrecht, Visie Kanaalstraat/Damstraat. Lecture and discussion: Gentrification: blijft de buurt voor iedereen? 31 January 2017, Utrecht.


Presentation: Het belang van Detroit: lessen en visies uit de 'Motor City'  Platform31 Young Urban and Regional Professionals day

22 November 2016, Utrecht


Presentation: KNAG Onderwijsdag“Gentrification, ongelijkheid en de hedendaagse stad”

11 November 2016, Den Bosch.


Video lecture and interview: Studio Erasmus Mini-lecture on whether Rotterdam centre will become a space only for the rich.

13 September 2016, Rotterdam.

Watch the complete lecture and discussion here


Rotary Club of Rotterdam (Stad) “Urban ‘renaissance’, housing crisis, resistance and the Woonreferendum”

17 May 2016, Rotterdam.


RU Groningen, Department of Geography. ‘Detroit in 10 Buildings: lessons and visions from the ‘Motor City’’

23 March 2016, Groningen

RU Nijmegen, Department of Geography, Planning and the Environment. Alexander van Humboldt Lecture Series, invited chair for lunch seminar with Professor Loretta Lees

6 October 2015, Nijmegen


Presentation: Why Detroit Matters: the story of Detroit in 10 Buildings

Invited by Except Integrated Sustainability

29 June 2015, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Rotterdam


Presentation: Why Detroit Matters: the story of Detroit in 10 Buildings

Invited by The University of Toronto,Department of Geography

10 April 2015, Toronto, Canada


Panel speaker: Basta! Debat: Ongewild je huis uit?! Gezinnen gedupeerd door gemeente plannen. Gentrification en de strijd om de stad (Gentrification and the struggle for the city)

Invited by Kritische Studenten Utrecht

6 April, 2015, Utrecht


Presentation: Detroit in 10 Buildings: lessons and visions from the Motor City

Invited by RU Groningen, Department of Geography

11 March 2015, Groningen


Discussant: Anders denken over wonen (Thinking differently about housing)

Invited by Centraal Wonen Houtwijk (Den Haag)

17 February 2015, The Hague


Presentation: Can't Forget the Motor City: Detroit in 10 Buildings

Invited by TU Dortmund, RuhrCenter of American Studies

8 January 2015, Dortmund, Germany


Presentation and film screening: Can't Forget the Motor City: Detroit in 10 Buildings. Film Screening We are not ghosts

Brussels Academy, Stads Salons Urbains.

Invited by Cosmopolis  Centre for urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

28 November 2014, Brussels


Invited Address: The individual geographies of gentrification: between confliect and emancipation? Colloquium: Demografische Brusselse dynamieken: specifieke kenmerken, uitdagingen en internationale vergelijkingen

Invited by De Vereniging voor Demografie en de Société de Démographie Francophone de Belgique

November 28 2014, Brussels


Presentation: The rise and fall and rise of cities

Invited by the Lycee Francais Vincent van Gogh

20 November 2014, The Hague


Presentation: Can't Forget the Motor City: an introduction to Detroit

Inspiring Films Detroit Special

Invited by Inspiring Cities

18 September 2014, Rotterdam


Visiting Lectureships


Yogyakarta State University

Department of Geography Education

October 2014

Course: The Role of Geography in the 21st Century

Invited Appearances