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  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway, Rm 279 (Level 2), Old Economics and Commerce Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


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.

Roles and responsibilities

­PhD in Criminology, Free University Brussels, 1999
­MA in Criminology, Free University Brussels, 1991
­BA in Social work, HIMW – Antwerp, 1987

Funding overview

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"

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.

Teaching overview

LAWS3374: Crime, Justice and Penal Policy
LAWS5223: Theories of Justice and Punishment


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.




  • Penology and prisons
  • Crime and justice policy
  • International comparative research
  • Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system

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Projects 2010 2018

Research Output 2005 2018

Assessing the Risk of Australian Indigenous Sexual Offenders Reoffending: A Review of the Research Literature and Court Decisions

Allan, A., Parry, C., Ferrante, A., Gillies, C., Griffiths, C., Morgan, F., Spiranovic, C., Smallbone, S., Tubex, H. & Wong, S. C. P., 31 Oct 2018, In : Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

court decision
Population Groups

Political economy of punishment in Australia

Tubex, H., 3 Nov 2017, The political economy of punishment today: Visions, debates and challenges. Melossi, D., Sozzo, M. & Brandariz-Garcia, J. (eds.). United Kingdom: Routledge, p. 137-159 (Routledge Critical Studies in Crime, Diversity and Criminal Justice).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

political economy
11 Citations

Penal diversity within Australia

Tubex, H., Brown, D., Freiberg, A., Gelb, K. & Sarre, R., Jul 2015, In : Punishment and Society: the international journal of penology. 17, 3, p. 345-373

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
local population
correctional institution