Gabi Mocatta

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Gabi Mocatta

Gabi Mocatta

School of Creative Arts and Media

Room 207, The Media School, Salamanca, Hobart CBD Campuses

6226 2950 (phone)

Gabi's doctoral research examines media treatment of a current environmental controversy in Chile, the HidroAysén hydroelectric megaproject proposal for Patagonia. The research examines the mediatised conflict surrounding this case as it has unfolded since 2006. Gabi was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Chile in Santiago de Chile during 2013.


Prior to joining UTAS, Gabi worked for 12 years as a newspaper and magazine features writer, contributing to publications including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Moscow Times, The Russia Journal, The Johannesburg Sunday Times, The Mercury, Australian Geographic, Vacations & Travel, Australian Gourmet Traveller, NZ Adventure Magazine and Outback Magazine.

Gabi has also been an author for Lonely Planet guides, Insight Guides and the SBS World Guide. She has co-authored or contributed to 14 books. She is still a regular contributor to BBC Travel online. See Gabi's website.

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Awarded 2019. Thesis title: Becoming Emblematic: Lessons from mediatized megaproject conflict in Chile
  • MA Political Science, University of Melbourne, Awarded 2003, Thesis title: Media and democracy in post-perestroika Russia
  • BA (Hons) Modern European Languages (first class – Distinction in Spoken Russian and German), University of Durham, Awarded 1999.


Teaching expertise

Gabi has coordinated and/or taught in a range of courses in Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania:

  • HEJ248 Social Media
  • HEJ107 Communication and Professional Writing
  • HEJ205 Public Relations
  • HEJ260/360 Media Projects
  • HEJ140 Making Media
  • HEJ342 Media and Crime
  • HEJ418 Theory to Practice in Journalism, Media and Communications 
  • HEJ504 Media Writing 
  • XBR208 Natural Hazards and Disasters

Teaching responsibility

For Semester 2 2018 her teaching responsibilities are:

HEJ507 Media Relations

Gabi is also a course author for the Open School of Journalism (Based in Berlin and New York). Her course, JD040: Environmental Journalism, commenced online in 2016.

View more on Ms Gabi Mocatta in WARP

Fields of Research

  • Journalism Studies (190301)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)


Total publications


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2017Mocatta G, 'Designing a Distance Education Course in Environmental Journalism', Environmental communication pedagogy and practice, Routledge, T. Milstein, M Pileggi and E Morgan (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 128-142. ISBN 978-1138673090 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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