Hilde Bastiaens is a researcher and associate professor at the department of Primary and Interdisciplinary care of the University of Antwerp. She is president of the University Centre of Qualitative Health Research Antwerp and currently coordinates the Horizon 2020 project SPICES (Scaling-up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular disease prevention in selected sites in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa).
She has a number of areas of research interest that, among others, include the following: care for chronic conditions, empowerment and self-management education, nature and health(care) and research into preventive care services for children. On the methodological level, her interest and expertise lies mainly in qualitative and implementation research. Research activities focus both on local (Antwerp -Belgium) and international settings (Sub-Saharan Africa). The latter are undertaken in collaboration with the Global Health Institute of the University. She supervises many Master theses in Medicine, General Practice and Youth health and she is currently promotor of 5 international PhD theses.
Besides being an academic, she works as a general practitioner in Antwerp and as a clinician providing preventive services for young children.