The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Professor Phil Hubbard
Professor of Urban Studies
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
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School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, Gillingham Building, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4AG
I am Professor in Urban Studies in the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. See the rest of the Social Sciences team.
A geographer by training, I am particularly interested in the city as a site of social conflict. My work draws on theories of the city developed in urban sociology and urban geography, and also engages with debates in criminology and socio-legal studies given my particular interests in urban “disorder”.
I have published widely, with more than 70 papers in a diverse range of journals including Urban Studies, Environment and Planning, Law and Society, Sexualities, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Housing Studies, Critical Social Policy, Leisure Studies and Town Planning Review.
Though I have published on geographies of migrant settlement, student housing and urban planning, I am best known for my work on the sex life of the city. This has manifested in a series of funded projects on the management of street sex work, the licensing of commercial sex premises and, latterly, ESRC-funded research on the effects of lap dance premises on local residents and businesses.
I have published or co-edited 10 books, with 'Cities and Sexualities' (2011) pulling together a number of strands in my work concerning the ways that sexuality is regulated and governed through space.
I previously worked at the University of Gloucestershire (1992-1994), Coventry University (1994-1999) and Loughborough University (1999-2010), where I served as the Head of the Department of Geography.
My undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Geography, 1990), where I remained to pursue a postgraduate degree (PhD in Geography, 1993) on Attitudes to the Redevelopment of Birmingham City Centre.
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- Hubbard, P. (2011) Cities and sexualities.
- Hubbard, P. (2011) Carnage! Coming to a town near you: embodiment, desire and disgust in the night-time economy Leisure Studies.
- Prior, J., Boydell, S. and Hubbard, P. (2011) ‘Nocturnal rights to the city’ Urban Studies.
- Hubbard, P. and O’Neill, M. (2010) ‘Walking, sensing, belonging: ethno-mimesis as performative praxis’ Visual Studies 25 (1) 46-59.
- Hubbard P (2009) ‘Geographies of studentification and purpose-built student accommodation: leading separate lives?’ Environment and Planning A 41 (8) 1903-1923.
- Hubbard, P. (2009) ’Opposing striptopia: the embattled spaces of adult entertainment’ Sexualities 12 (6) 721-745.
- Hubbard, P., Scoular, J. and Matthews, R. (2009) ‘Legal geographies – Controlling Sexually Oriented Businesses: law, licensing and the geographies of a controversial land use’ Urban Geography 30 2 185-205.
- Hubbard, P., Kitchin, R. and Valentine, G. (2008) Key Texts in Human Geography, Sage.
- Hall, T., Hubbard, P. and Short, J.R. (2007) The Sage Companion to the City, Sage.
- Hubbard, P. (2006) Key ideas in Geography - The City, Routledge.
I am an urban scholar with long-standing interests in the geographies of the city, particularly the city's capacity to segregate, contain and exclude social difference and alterity at the same time that it proclaims cosmopolitanism and conviviality.
One dimension of my work has been an exploration of the sex life of cities. Empirically, this has manifested in a series of studies of the location and visibility of prostitution, sex work and adult entertainment, both in the UK and internationally (such as Amsterdam, Paris, Sydney, Stockholm).
Theoretically, this project has been informed by an interest in deconstructing the privileges of heteronormativity and exposing the way that the city normalises particular heterosexual identities and practices. This has involved an engagement with both queer studies and legal theory as I have brought planning and urban theory into dialogue with ideas about governmentality, performativity and the 'conduct of conduct'. Much of this work was summarised in my book 'Cities and Sexualities' (Routledge, 2011).
Beyond this I have wide-ranging interests in the social life of cities, with a particular interest in issues of connection and disconnection. Recent and ongoing projects include studies of student accommodation, studentification and town/gown conflicts; mapping of the lives of asylum seekers and migrants as they orient themselves in new and often strange urban environments; studies of participation and exclusion in urban nightlife; and the reconfiguration of planned cities through everyday practice.
Although I have used both quantitative and qualitative methods in my work, I have a strong interest in participatory arts, visual methods and psychogeographical techniques which evoke the embodied dimensions of urban life.
I have supervised nine PhD students to completion. I am currently supervising research students working in the areas of urban studies, cultural change and/or sexuality and welcome proposals in areas relating to these. If you are interested in studying at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss further.
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I teach the following modules:
- SA310 Methods in Social Science
- SO306 Introduction to Sociology
- SO647 Research Methods in Sociology
- SO685 Doing Visual Sociology
- SO700 Contested Cities
- SO882 Youth Crime and Place.