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Brian Doucet

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and have lived in Utrecht, the Netherlands since 2004. I received a BA from the University of Toronto in geography and history in 2003, a Master’s in human geography from Utrecht University in 2006 and a PhD in urban geography, also from Utrecht in 2010. The title of my dissertation was entitled Rich cities with poor people: waterfront regeneration in the Netherlands and Scotland. It focused on who profits from flagship megaprojects and focused on case studies in Rotterdam and Glasgow. 

My research interests focus on broad themes within urban geography including urban regeneration, gentrification, neighbourhood change, immigrant settlement patterns and urban growth and development. I am interested in examining both the large political-economic forces involved in shaping cities, and the way in which urban change is perceived and experienced by residents. I am now working as a lecturer in urban geography at Utrecht University. My current research focuses on the experiences of those living through gentrification, and trying to gain a better understanding about patterns of neighbourhood change and decline by gaining insight into the reasons people choose not to live in certain places. I can be reached at: or visit

Articles by Brian Doucet

So what is a Geographer anyway? (Part 1)
October 31, 2007

So what is a Geographer anyway (Part III)
March 10, 2008

So what is a Geographer anyway? (Part II)
January 17, 2008

An introduction to gentrification Part I
May 20, 2008

An introduction to gentrification Part II
June 24, 2008

Olympics, events, and urban regeneration
August 12, 2008

Examining ‘Industrial Heritage’ of Industrial Cities
February 22, 2009

Changing geographies of the immigrant city
May 23, 2009

Airport links, quality of life and place promotion
August 1, 2009

Inner Cities, Inner Suburbs, Outer Suburbs: geographies, changing preferences
January 15, 2010

The intensification of suburbs: examples from the Greater Toronto Area
February 23, 2011

Urban Waterfronts: a challenge to redevelop, an opportunity for greatness. Part 1: Frankfurt’s riverfront: its genius lies in its simplicity
July 13, 2011

Urban Waterfronts: a challenge to redevelop, an opportunity for greatness
June 13, 2011

Rotterdam’s Waterfront: a grand vision & a political consensus
November 7, 2011

Glasgow’s waterfront: a patchwork of developments on an industrial scale
April 2, 2012

Detroit’s long structural decline
October 30, 2013