Welcome to my website!
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.
- Flagship regeneration
- Neighbourhood change
- Immigrant settlement patterns
- Urban entrepreneurialism
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 themes surrounding neighbourhood change. I am currently examining how gentrification is perceived and experienced by different groups. One aspect of this is understanding how gentrification physically changes neighbourhoods. I am continuing themes explored during my PhD related to waterfronts and urban entrepreneurialism, in particular the goals and visions that different stakeholders have. Finally, I am interested in understanding why middle-class households reject certain types of neighbourhoods when looking for a new home, and what this can tell us about why neighbourhoods change.
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.
Brian Doucet, PhD, MSc
Lecturer in Urban Geography
Dr. Brian Doucet
Faculty of Geosciences
3508 TC, Utrecht
+31 30 253 2966
b.m.doucet [at] uu.nl
News and Events
13-23 April 2013
Field trip: Toronto and Detroit
8-14 April 2013
AAG Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Paper?: Urban strategy or urban solution: visions of a gentrified waterfront in Glasgow and Rotterdam
7 February 2013
Article on pedestrians published in Toronto's Now Magazine. Read the article here
Detroit photos now online here
4 July 2012
Presentation at the RGS-IBG Conference, Edinburgh, together with Olaf Ernst
'A window on the (changing) neighbourhood: the role of pubs in the contested spaces of gentrification'
3 July 2012
New article published in Irish Geography, together with Enda Duignan
'Experiencing Dublin's Docklands: perceptions in employment and amenity changes in the Sheriff Street community'
Link to the journal's page here
Brian Doucet awarded new three year lectureship in urban geography at Utrecht!
October 2012 - October 2015
In addition to continuing to teach World Cities, Urban Geography 1, supervise Master's students and lead a post-graduate excursion, I will also teach the Introduction to Human Geography at University College Utrecht. I will continue to develop my research on gentrification and waterfront regeneration
10 March, 2012
Brian Doucet quoted in waterfront article in salon.com
7 March, 2012
I'm now on Twitter! Follow me at www.twitter.com/bmdoucet
1 March, 2012
Article: 'Variations on the Entrepreneurial city: goals, roles and visions in Rotterdam's Kop van Zuid and the Glasgow Harbour megaprojects' accepted into the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. More details soon...
European Curling Championships
2 - 10 December
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22 november 2011
Artikel op de Geo faculteit website
'Hoe heilig is een hoofdstad?'
in gesprek met dr. Brian Doucet
18 November 2011
Gentrification in the Netherlands: a process of change and a changing process
I am organising this one-day conference to bring together students and researchers examining Dutch gentrification. This will be used as a starting point for a special issue on gentrification in a peer-review journal
Link to the conference website here
Link to the flyer here
7 November 2011
New article in www.geographyjobs.com
Rotterdam's waterfront: a grand vision and a political consensus
30 October 2011
Brian Doucet and Team Van Dorp win 2011 Dutch men's curling championship!
3 October 2011
Presentation of PhD findings to the Urban Studies Department, Glasgow University
Article published in the Toronto Star, 15 September 2011
Be patient. Good waterfronts take time
31 Aug - 2 Sept 2011
RGS-IBG Conference, London
Paper: 'The housing preferences and experiences of well-educated Moroccans in the Netherlands'
(for a copy of the presentation, please click here)
29 July 2011
13 July 2011
New waterfront article published in www.geographyjobs.com
Frankfurt's waterfront: its genius lies in its simplicity