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Hilda Tubex

Assoc/Prof Hilde Tubex

Deputy Head of School (Research)
UWA Law School

Contact details
UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2200
+61 8 6488 7918
Room 279, Old Economics and Commerce Building, Perth campus
In 2011 I received an ARC Future Fellowship for four years to work on the project: “Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the over-representation of Indigenous people.” (FT100100627). I joined the Law School on 1st August 2011. I published on my FF on topics as comparative criminological research, Indigenous overrepresentation and different penal cultures within Australia.

I am currently working on a Criminological Research Grant on “Building an Effective Community-Based Throughcare Approach for Aboriginal Offenders in Australia” and an ARC Linkage Grant on “Aboriginal & Non Aboriginal Sex Offenders in Australia – Assessing Risk for Practice & Policy”. I am also a co-investigator on a Telethon Kids Institute project on a “Prolific Offender Study – Developmental Pathways Project”.

In the period 2007-2011, I worked for the Department of Corrective Services as Team Leader, Research and Evaluation. As Team Leader, I developed the research priorities, coordinated and supervised the work done by the team members or by external consultants and conducted some own research. Another important part the job was to advise the Research an Evaluation Committee that manages and oversees all internal and external DCS related research and evaluations.

Before migrating to Australia in 2007, I had been employed for 15 years as a researcher and, after getting my PhD in criminology, also as a lecturer at the Department of Criminology of the Free University of Brussels. I combined my work at the university with other, external, expert assignments. As a result of my international experience in the area of parole, the management of long-term and life-sentenced prisoners and the treatment of sex offenders, I was appointed as an expert to the Council of Europe (CoE) in these areas. Between 2000 and 2007 worked regularly for the CoE and took part in a number of projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 1999 I had been substitute assessor on the Belgian parole board, as an expert on the implementation of sentences, and regularly acted as such. I was a member of a prison supervision board, and later of the Central Inspectorate of Prisons, until I had to leave for reasons of incompatibility with work I was then undertaking for the cabinet as an expert adviser. I was employed for two years (2005-2003) on a part time basis as an adviser on penal policy to the Belgian minister of Justice.
Key research
My fields of expertise are mainly in penal policy and penology (prison research), especially in an international comparative context, and Indigenous people and the criminal justice system.
In a series of research projects I worked on such topics as long-term imprisonment, parole, violence in prisons, sex offenders,the organization and evaluation of welfare and treatment services for prisoners, female offenders, recidivism and Indigenous overrepresentation.
Edited research books;
Beyens, K., Christiaens, J. Claes, B., De Ridder, S., Tournel, H. & Tubex, H. (eds.)(2013), The pains of doing criminological research. Brussel: VUBPress.
Scholarly book chapters;
Tubex, H. (2013), Pitfalls of comparative (penological) research and how to overcome them, in Beyens, K., Christiaens, J. Claes, B., De Ridder, S., Tournel, H. & Tubex, H. (eds.), The pains of doing criminological research. Brussel: VUBPress: 195-215.
Tubex, H. & Strypstein, J. (2007), Is de calvarietocht van de rechter inzake strafuitvoering ten einde? (The (last) temptation of the judge of the implementation of sentences?), in Christiaens, J., Enhus, E., Nuytiens, A., Snacken, S. & Van Calster, P. (eds.), Tussen kritiek en realisme, Liber Amicorum Christian Eliaerts. Brussel, VUBPress: 295-318.
Tubex, H. & Strypstein, J. (2006), Grasduinen in penitentiaire bronnen en statistieken (Browsing through penitentiary data), in Devroe, E., Beyens, K., Enhus, E. (eds.), Zwart op wit? Duiding van cijfers over onveiligheid en strafrechtsbedeling in België. Brussel, VUBPress: 321-357.
Tubex, H. (2005), Zorgen voor gedetineerden (Taking care of prisoners), in Verbruggen, F., Verstraeten, R., Van Daele, D. (eds.), Strafrecht als roeping. Liber Amicorum Lieven Dupont. Samenleving, Criminaliteit en strafrechtspleging n. 31A, Leuven, Universitaire Pers Leuven: 569-583.
Snacken, S., Beyens, K. & Tubex, H. (2004), Adult corrections in Belgium, in Winterdyk, J. (ed.), Adult corrections : international systems and perspectives. Monseley, NY, Criminal Justice Press: 21-54.
Beyens, K. & Tubex, H. (2002), Gedetineerden geteld, (Prisoners counted) in Snacken, S. (ed.), Strafrechtelijk beleid in beweging. Brussel, VUBPress: 139-177.
Snacken, S. & Tubex, H. (2002), De penitentiaire wereld onderzocht (Researching the prison world), in Beyens, K., Goethals, J., Ponsaers, P. & Vervaeke, G. (eds.), Criminologie in actie. Brussel, Politeia: 379-409.
Snacken, S., Beyens, K., Tubex, H., Raes, A. & De Pauw, W. (2002), Bestraffing als maatschappelijke constructie (Punishment as a social construction), in Bouverne-De Bie, M., Kloeck, K., Meyvis, W., Roose, R. & Vanacker, J. (eds.), Handboek Forensisch Welzijnswerk. Gent, Academia Press: 381-416.
Tubex, H. (2002), Dangerousness and risk. From Belgian positivism to new penology, in Hutton, N. & Tata, C. (eds.), Sentencing & Society: international perspectives. Aldershot, Ashgate: 452-468.
Tubex, H. (2002), Van gevaarlijke misdrijfplegers naar langgestraften, (From dangerous criminals to long-term prisoners), in Snacken, S. (ed.), Strafrechtelijk beleid in beweging. Brussel, VUBPress: 239-269.
Tubex, H. (2001), Le dernier echelon de l’echelle (The last step on the sentencing ladder), in Collectif “Octobre 2001”, Comment sanctionner le crime? Toulouse, Editions Erès, Coll. Trajets: 83-102.
Tubex, H. (2001), Politique pénale en Belgique, répression sélective: “sexe, drogue et violence” (Penal policy in Belgium : sex drugs and violence), in Mary, Ph., & Papatheodorou, Th. (eds.), Délinquance et insécurité en Europe. Vers une pénalisation du social ou une nouvelle modèle de justice. Bruxelles, Bruylant: 143-162.
Tubex, H. (2000), Seksuele delinquentie doorheen de strafprocessus (Sexual delinquency throughout the penal process), in Dillen, C. & Cosyns, P. (eds.), Behandeling van seksuele delinquenten in België. Leuven, Apeldoorn, Garant: 9-42.
Tubex, H. & Snacken S. (1999), Bouwstenen voor een coherent herstel- en slachtoffergericht justitiebeleid (Keys for a coherent reparation and victim oriented judicial policy), in Van Doninck B., Van Daele, L & Naji, A. (eds.), Het recht op het rechte pad? Antwerpen-Apeldoorn, Maklu-DWTC: 117-165.
Tubex, H. & Snacken S. (1996), Sélectivité & Dualisation, l’évolution des longues peines de prison (Bifurcation and selectivity, the evolution of long term prison sentences), in Faugeron, C., Chauvenet, A. & Combessie, Ph. (eds.), Approches de la prison. Bruxelles, De Boeck, collection perspectives criminologiques: 221-243.
Tubex, H. & Snacken S. (1994), Punitiviteit in Nederland, teloorgang van een voorbeeld? Langgestraften en gevaarlijke gedetineerden in internationaal perspectief (Punitiveness in the Netherlands, loss of a model? Long-term and dangerous prisoners in an international perspective), in moerings, M. (ed.), Hoe punitief is Nederland. Arnhem, Gouda Quint bv.: 331-347.
Refereed journal articles;
Kelly, M. & Tubex, H. (2016), Stemming the tide of Aboriginal incarceration, Notre Dame Law Review, 17(1): 1-18:
Tubex, H., Brown, D., Freiberg, A., Gelb, K. & Sarre, R. (2015), Penal diversity within Australia, Punishment & Society 17(3): 345-373.

Tubex, H. (2015), Reach and Relevance of Prison Research, The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 4(1): 4-17.
Tubex, H. (2014), Contemporary Penal Policies, Oxford Handbooks Online. New York: Oxford University Press.
Tubex, H. (2013), The revival of comparative criminology in a globalised world: Local variances and Indigenous over-representation, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 2(3): 55-68
Tubex, H. (2013), Dimensies van punitiviteit. (Dimentions of punitiveness), Orde van de Dag, 61: 5-12.
Tubex, H. (2010), Halen we met het ‘evidence based model’ het paard van troje binnen? (Do we introduce the Trojan Horse with the ‘evidence based model’?), in De Wree, E., Devroe, E., Broer, W., Van Der Laan, P. (eds.), Evidence Based Policing. Cahiers Politiestudies, 4: 69-84.
Tubex, H. (2010), Het curieuze succes van Justice Reinvestment (The curious success of Justice Reinvestment), Panopticon 31(6): 80-83.
Tubex, H. & Houchin, R. (2009), Opportunities for restorative justice in the contemporary penal climate, in Gunther Moor, L., Peters, T., Ponsaers, P., Shapland, J, Van Stokkem, B. (eds.), Restorative Policing. Journal of Police Studies, Volume 2009/2, n° 11, Antwerpen-Apeldoorn-Portland, Maklu: 189-204.
Tubex, H. (2007), De werking van de voorwaardelijke invrijheidstelling aan de vooravond van een nieuwe regelgeving (Analysis of the parole system on the eve of a new law), Panopticon 28(1): 68-73.
Tubex, H. (2006), Sex offender policies in five countries, ESC, Newsletter of the European Society of Criminology 5(1): 3, 16-19.
Tubex, H. (2006), What works in Belgium. Behandeling in strafrechtelijke context (What works in Belgium. Treatment in a penal context), Panopticon 27(6): 88-96.
Tubex, H. (2005), L'exécution de la peine privative de liberté à l'ombre des victimes: bilan de la brèche ouverte par la procédure de libération conditionnelle (Implementation of prison sentences with regard to the victim: evaluation of the breakthrough made by the parole procedure), Revue de droit de l’ULB 31(1): 281-306.
* Tubex, H. & Van Camp, T. (2005), De implementatie van het Strategisch Plan in de gevangenis: it takes two to tango (The implementation of a Strategic Plan on welfare for prisoners, it takes two to tango), Orde van de Dag 31: 49-53.
Tubex, H. (2004), Juryrechtspraak in cijfers (The work of the jury in figures), Orde van de Dag 25: 91-98.
Strypstein, J. & Tubex, H. (2004), De voorlopige invrijheidstelling onderzocht (An analysis of the early release system), Tijdschrift voor veiligheid en veiligheidsbeleid 2: 56-58.
Tubex, H. (2002), De juridische en strafrechtelijke bemoeienis met plegers van seksueel geweld / misbruik: een overzicht van de Belgische en Nederlandse situatie (Legal and criminal involvement with perpetrators of sexual violence / abuse: an overview of the situation in Belgium and the Netherlands), Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie 1: 105-114; Klinische Psychologie1-2: 146-159.
Snacken, S. & Tubex, H. (1999), Libération conditionnelle et opinion publique (Parole and the public opinion), Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie 5: 33-52.
Tubex, H. & Snacken S. (1998), Straffen en behandelen: evolutie van de aanpak van seksuele delinquentie (Treatment and punishment: evolution of the penal approach of sex offenders), Panopticon 19(4): 287-310.
Tubex, H. (1998), De positie van het slachtoffer in de nieuwe wet op de voorwaardelijke invrijheidstelling (The position of the victim with regard to the new law on conditional release), Orde van de Dag 4: 43-51.
Snacken, S., Beyens, K. & Tubex, H. (1995), Changing prison populations in the Western countries: fate or policy?, European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 1: 18-53.
Tubex, H. & Snacken S. (1995), L'évolution des longues peines, aperçu international et analyse des causes (The evolution of long term imprisonment. An international overview), Déviance et Société 2: 103-126.
Snacken, S., Beyens, K. & Tubex, H. (1994), Gevangeniswezen en magistratuur. Overbevolking en strafrechtelijk beleid (Prisons and the judiciary. Overcrowding and penal policy), Panopticon, 15(4): 339-358.
Refereed conference papers;
Tubex, H. (2013), The revival of comparative criminology in a globalised world. Conference Proceedings Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference, Vol1, 2013, Queensland University of Technology: 220-227.
Tubex, H. (2011), Explaining Prison Populations: A Review of International Evidence. Conference Proceedings Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: An International Conference, 26-28 September 2011, Queensland University of Technology: 228-247.
Tubex, H. & Snacken S. (2006), Recommendation R(2003)23 on the management by prisons administrations of life sentence and other long-term prisoners, Conference proceedings, Podgorica, Judicial Training Centre of the Republic of Montenegro: 52-65.
Tubex, H. (2005), Community Sanctions, Conference proceedings, Sarajevo: 81-91.

Introductions to special issues;
Tubex, H., Janssens, F., Van Der Leun, J. &Vande Walle, G. (2013), Inleiding: Punitiviteit – een oplossing voor alle problemen? (Introduction: Punitiveness – a solution to all problem?), Orde van de Dag 61: 2-5.
Tubex, H. & Eriksson, A. (2015) Challenges of Contemporary Prison Research, Guest Editors’ introduction, International Journal for Crime Justice and Social Democracy (4) 1: 1-3
Tubex, H. & Green, D. (2015), Editorial: Special issue: Punishment, values and local cultures, Punishment & Society 17(3): 267-270.

Online discussion forums;
Tubex, H. (2016), Mandatory sentencing leads to unjust, unfair outcomes – it doesn’t make us safe. The Conversation
Tubex, H. (2016), Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia, It isn't simply a matter of fate, it's a matter of policy. Policy forum

Tubex, H. (2015), State of imprisonment: lopsided incarceration rates blight West. The Conversation
Tubex, H. & Indermaur D (2011), Prison rates down, but not enough, The Conversation

Book reviews
Tubex, H. (2015), Book review Chris Cunneen, Eileen Baldry, David Brown, Mark Brown, Melanie Schwartz and Alex Steel, Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison. Punishment & Society
Tubex, H. (2014), Book review Don Weatherburn, Arresting incarceration: Pathways out of Indigenous Imprisonment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 47(3): 449-451

Recommendations for the Council of Europe
Tubex, H. (2001), Etude sur la gestion des condamnés à perpétuité et d’autres détenus de longue durée, Conseil de coopération pénologique, PC-CP (2001)37. Study of the mamagement of life-sentenced and other long term prisoners, Council for Penological Co-operation, PC-CP (2001) 37.
Tubex, H. (2000), Etude sur la libération conditionnelle dans les Etats membres du Conseil de l’Europe, Conseil de coopération pénologique, PC-CP (2000) 24, Study of conditional release (parole) in the member states, Council for Penological Co-operation, PC-CP (2000) 24.

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
­PhD in Criminology, Free University Brussels, 1999
­MA in Criminology, Free University Brussels, 1991
­BA in Social work, HIMW – Antwerp, 1987
Funding received
ARC Future Fellowship Project FT100100627: “Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the overrepresentation of Indigenous people.”

Criminology Research Grant 23/15-16: "Building an effective community-based throughcare approach for Aboriginal offenders in Australia"
English - Dutch - French
I am a member of the European Society of Criminology and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC). I am currently the WA representative on the ANZSOC Committee of Management.
LAWS3374: Crime, Justice and Penal Policy
LAWS5223: Theories of Justice and Punishment
Current projects
Criminology Research Grant: Building an effective community-based throughcare approach for Aboriginal offenders in Australia.
ARC Future Fellowship: Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the over-representation of Indigenous people.
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