The Faculty of Environment is proud announce our newest Canada Research Chair, Associate Professor in the School of Planning, Brian Doucet. Doucet is now officially a SSHRC New Tier 2 CRC in Urban Change and Social Inclusion. The position includes $500,000 over five years for research.
Doucet joined the Faculty of Environment after more than a decade in the Netherlands, where he previously worked in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam. His research focuses on gentrification and neighbourhood change, urban inequalities, flagship developments and urban entrepreneurialism with a particular interest in grassroots movements and urban resistance.
This Canada Research Chair was an exciting opportunity for Doucet to return to Canada (he was born and raised in Toronto) and use the knowledge and experiences he gained from teaching and researching abroad to inform his work here in Canada and contribute new insights to wider public debates about cities and urban change. While Doucet has spent much of his career researching cities across Europe, the focus of his CRC will be to address key challenges facing Canadian cities.
Upon arriving back in Canada Doucet quickly established himself as an important voice for urban equity, pedestrian and cycling rights and urban renewal in Waterloo Region and Toronto. Commenting in local and national media, Doucet has written impactful opinion pieces on pedestrian safety in the Globe and Mail, as well as socially responsible development in the Waterloo Region Record.
Recently, Doucet hosted a successful event in downtown Kitchener titled, Why Detroit Matters (and what KW can learn from it). Hosted by the Working Centre, the event brought together community leaders from Detroit with change-makers in Waterloo Region to discuss ways these two post-industrial cities can learn from each other to create more equitable communities.
The Faculty of Environment is now home to six Canada Research Chairs.