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Sebastien Darchen

Senior Lecturer
University of Queensland

Dr. Darchen studies the political economy of the built environment with a focus on the strategies of urban stakeholders involved in the provision of the built environment (Developers, City Planners, etc.). His main research area is the urban regeneration of city centres and inner-city suburbs (Canada, U.S, France and Australia). Dr. Darchen also analyzes creative economy policies and their effects on the localisation of creative economy firms.


Dr. Sébastien Darchen is born in France. He joined the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) at the University of Queensland in 2011 after being affiliated with the Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University, Toronto) from 2009 to 2011. He was a Faculty member of the City Institute in Toronto. Previously, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Canada Research Chair on the Socio-Organizational Challenges of the Knowledge Economy (Teluq-UQAM, Montreal) from 2007 to 2009. He holds a PhD in Urban Studies obtained in 2008 from INRS, Urbanisation, Culture et Société (Montréal, Canada). He studied urban planning in Paris at the University of Paris 8 and Paris 10.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Urban regeneration; Place-making; Urban Design; Urban Sustainability



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Urban Studies

Regeneration and networks in the Arts District (Los Angeles)

Published: Nov 01, 2016 by Urban Studies
Authors: Sebastien Darchen
Subjects: Urban Studies

This article analyses the governance arrangements underlying the regeneration process of a central area in Los Angeles from the 1970s until now. The Arts District is emblematic of this rising interest from developers in central places that were just 45 years ago either ‘no man’s land’ or illegally occupied by artists.