He is currently professor of urban studies at the University of Kent. Hubbard has written widely cited work on urban sociology, urban geography and social geographies. Hubbard was previously editor of the journal Social & Cultural Geography and chair of the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.
Hubbard"s work has principally focused on contested land uses in the city and the resolution of social conflict via techniques of planning and licensing.
This has combined Foucauldian theories of governmentality with insights derived from psychoanalytical and queer theory which focus on questions of disgust and exclusion. Hubbard has also written or co-edited a number of texts and collections on theory and philosophy in human geography.
Hubbard is well known as a leading figure in the study of sexuality and space. Recent work concentrates on issues around sex work, and in particular the location, licensing and impact of sexual entertainment venues in England, Wales and Scotland.
In 2015 Hubbard presented evidence to Scottish Parliament, calling for a unified approach to the licensing and regulation of sexual entertainment venues.