Brian Doucet

Associate Professor
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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

  • Mapping tenant displacement through lived experiences
    (Principal Investigator)
    • Funded by: Mitacs Accelerate Grant
  • Centring lived experiences in solutions to the homeless crisis
    (Principal Investigator – partnership with Social Development Centre Waterloo Region)
    • Funded by: University of Waterloo/Region of Waterloo
  • Thinking beyond the market: a film about genuinely affordable housing
    (Principal Investigator)
    • Funded by: SSHRC Connection Grant
  • ‘Many Faces of Urban and Rural Displacement – Ontario Tenants Organize and Speak Up (lead organization: Social Planning Network of Ontario)
    (Academic Advisor)
    • Funded by: Community Housing Transformation Centre, Community Based Tenant Initiative
  • 'Everybody bikes!' a comparative analysis of cycling experiences in the Netherlands and Canada
    (Principal Investigator)
    • Funded by: SSHRC Insight Development Grant
  • 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

Media articles (selected)

  • Doucet, B (2024) Hamilton council passes a bylaw to end renovictions, helping to address housing affordability. The Conversation. 18 January.
  • Doucet, B (2023) Service changes may put brakes on Ion’s gold standard of transit, Waterloo Region Record. 16 November.
  • Doucet, B (2023) 4 affordable housing strategies that are working in Canada, The Conversation. 16 October
  • Doucet, B (2023) Doug Ford reverses Greenbelt plans: Construction would never have provided affordable housing, The Conversation. 21 September.
  • Doucet, B and Pin, L (2023) Cities must take immediate action against ‘renovictions’ to address housing crisis, The Conversation. 20 April.
  • Doucet, B (2023) New weekend GO transit schedule is a game changer for out-of-towners, Toronto Star. 14 April.
  • Doucet, B (2023) Publicly owned land should be used for affordable housing, not sold to private developers, The Conversation. 30 January.
  • Doucet, B (2022) How activists saved Toronto’s streetcars 50 years ago this month, Spacing Toronto. 22 November.
  • Van Melik, R; Doucet, B & Filion P (2022) Stedelijke ongelijkheid door corona vergroot, Geografie. 31(5) 28 – 30
  • Doucet, B (2022) Weekends would be better with direct GO Trains from Kitchener to Toronto, Waterloo Region Record. 10 June.
  • Doucet, B (2022) Streetcar photography as a window to Toronto’s changing landscapes, Spacing Toronto. 11 May.
  • Doucet, B (2022) Ontario’s ‘affordable housing’ task force report does not address the real problems, The Conversation. 10 February.
  • Doucet, B and Marshall, S (2021) End of the line: Why Ontario will regret ripping up this rail corridor, TVO. 20 December
  • Doucet, B (2021) Housing is both a human right and a profitable asset, and that’s the problem, The Conversation. 14 December
  • Doucet, B (2021) Council’s urban boundary decision poses new challenges, Hamilton Spectator. 2 December.
  • Doucet, B (2021) Building a denser, inclusive Hamilton, Hamilton Spectator. 1 December.
  • Doucet, B (2021) Housing will be a dominant issue in the 2022 provincial election, Waterloo Region Record. 2 December.
  • Doucet, B (2021) Trains before lanes: New Highway 7 and other road projects won’t address climate change, Waterloo Region Record. 17 November.
  • 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 100 Evolution of Planning