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Dr. Brian Doucet is originally from Toronto, Canada but has lived in the Netherlands since 2004. He completed his PhD from Utrecht University in 2010 and was an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography at Utrecht until 2015. His main areas of research are gentrification, housing, urban inequality and flagship regeneration. He is interested in both the production of space and how urban change is experienced and perceived. He has conducted research in a variety of cities including Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Dublin and Detroit. Brian publishes widely both in international peer-review journals as well as in professional publications and the media.
He is also a three-time Dutch curling champion, representing the Netherlands at the European Curling Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Brian currently lives in The Hague with his wife and young daughter.
Why do you work at EUC?
I chose to work at EUC because I believe in education as the cornerstone of academia. I believe that research and teaching are not mutually exclusive and that to be a good scholar, one needs to truly value education as well as research. EUC is one of the few institutions in the Netherlands where such values form part of the cornerstone of the university.
It also excites me to be part of a growing and dynamic university situated in the heart of one of the major cities in the Netherlands. My teaching philosophy has three elements: (1) to convey my passion and enthusiasm for cities, (2) helping students to discover the art of observing the world around them, (3) enabling students to look critically at cities and urban space.