Hilde Tubex's fields of expertise are mainly in penological research, especially in international comparative studies. In a series of research projects she worked on such topics as long-term imprisonment, parole, restorative justice, violence in prisons, sex offenders and the organisation and evaluation of welfare and treatment services for prisoners.
She was appointed as a scientific expert to the Council of Europe and has been working on a regular basis for them as an expert advisor in the development of recommendations to the Council of Ministers.
Further she was involved in several of their projects for the improvement of penal practice in Central and Eastern Europe. She was also employed on a part time basis as an advisor on penal policy to the Belgian Minister of Justice. Additionally she was a substitute assessor on the Belgian Parole Board, and a member of the Central Inspectorate of Prisons.
On arrival in Perth, she joined the Department of Corrective Services, where she has been Team Leader Research and Evaluation for the last four years.