Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair

Brian DoucetDegrees

PhD, Geography, Utrecht University, 2010

MSc, Geography, Utrecht University, 2006

BA (Hons) Geography, University of Toronto, 2003

Contact information
519-888-4567 ext. 48594
Location: EV3 3249

Twitter: @bmdoucet 

Research interests

  • Gentrification, displacement and neighbourhood change
  • Housing
  • Polarisation and inequality
  • Waterfront regeneration and deindustrialisation
  • Visual methodologies, including repeat photography
  • Transportation, mobility and equity
  • Lived experience research and collaboration with non-profits
  • Long-term changes in cities
  • Qualitative methods
  • Detroit, Toronto, Rotterdam/Dutch cities, Scottish cities, Hamilton, Waterloo Region 

Research grants/projects

  • Overspill gentrification: neighbourhood change in Hamilton, and the impact from Toronto
    (Principal Investigator)
    • Funded by: SSHRC Insight Grant
  • Documenting and Experiencing Gentrification: transit, displacement and the lived experiences of gentrification in Kitchener-Waterloo
    (Principal Investigator
    • Funded by: SSHRC Partnership Development Grant
  • Boggs Urban Reader: bringing the ‘urban’ into visionary activist research
    (Principal Investigator)
    • Funded by: SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant
  • Residential Property Values and Active Transportation Infrastructure
    (Co-Principal Investigator)
    • Funded by: City of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo
    • Grant Period 2020

Graduate student supervision

  Number of students currently supervising/co-supervising Total number of student supervisions/co-supervisions
Masters 4 5
PhD 3 3

Recent/key publications


Peer reviewed articles

Professional publications and policy reports

  • Diwan, F, Turman, W, Baird, D, Mehta, N, Petrovic, A and Doucet, B (2021) Mapping Displacement in Kitchener-Waterloo. Social Development Centre Waterloo Region.
  • Diwan, F, Mehta, N, Turman, W, Doucet, B and Petrovic, A (2020) Mapping Displacement: Mapping displacement and the loss of affordable housing in Kitchener and Waterloo: Interactive map. Social Development Centre Waterloo Region.
  • Life Stories of Displacement (2020) A series of podcasts and interviews that examine lived experiences of poverty along Waterloo Region’s LRT corridor. Produced by the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  • Doucet, B; Parker, D; McDougall, E; Huang, Y and Feng, D (2020) Cycling Infrastructure and its Relationship to Residential Property Prices. Report commissioned by the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, City of Cambridge and Region of Waterloo.
  • Doucet, B and Van der Merwe, J (2020) COVID-19 and housing implications in the Region of Waterloo: amplified challenges and proactive planning. Report commissioned by the Region of Waterloo. September 2020
  • Doucet, B and Mazumder, R (2020) COVID-19 cyclists: Expanding bike lane network can lead to more inclusive cities, The Conversation. 22 November. My contribution was 75%
  • Doucet, B (2020) Cities and their streetcars: my top ten favourite spots, Spacing Toronto. 7 May.
  • Doucet, B (2020) Change and continuity in the COVID-19 city, Spacing Toronto. 30 April.
  • Doucet, B (2020) Observing change through the window of a GO Train, Spacing Toronto. 8 April.
  • Doucet, B (2019) A comparative look at Toronto’s CLRVs, Spacing Toronto. December
  • Doucet, B (2018) Airbnb and the struggle for the city: From Amsterdam to Toronto and beyond. Plan Canada. 58(2) 21-27.

Newspaper articles (selected)

  • Doucet, B (2020) When cycling becomes boring it’s working, Waterloo Region Record. 11 December.
  • Doucet, B (2020) Westmount Road bike lanes a path to a more equitable community, Waterloo Region Record. 12 August.
  • Doucet, B (2019) The road to better urban spaces is full of pedestrians. Waterloo Region Record. 3 October
  • Doucet, B (2019) LRT development boom is squeezing out affordable housing. Waterloo Region Record. 18 June.
  • Doucet, B (2019) Ion LRT will reshape development in Waterloo Region for decades to come. Waterloo Region Record. 16 June.
  • Doucet, B (2019) I clog Toronto’s highways because there is no train service. The Toronto Star. 22 February
  • Doucet, B; Dean, J; Mitchell, C and Toman, S (2018) Winter in spring reinforces need for municipal sidewalk clearing. Waterloo Region Record. 19 April. My contribution was 80%
  • Doucet, B (2018) Pedestrian deaths won’t end as long as Toronto panders to cars and drivers. The Globe and Mail. 11 March.
  • Doucet, B (2017) We can build better, more people-centred cities. Waterloo Region Record. 9 December
  • Doucet, B (2017) National housing strategy fails to go deep enough on root of ills, The Toronto Star. 3 December
  • Doucet, B (2017) Once-in-a-lifetime chance to build density with diversity, Waterloo Region Record. 10 October.

Courses taught:

  • PLAN 333: Neighbourhood and Community Planning
  • INDEV/PLAN 262: Introduction to Global Emerging Cities
  • PLAN 450: Changing form and structure of metropolitan Canada
University of Waterloo