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 is a Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communications, currently teaching postgraduate courses in the Media School. Her research interests are particularly concerned with communicating the environment. Her doctoral research examined environmental communication and protest in Latin America. Gabi is especially interested in the relationship between environmental harms and social inequality, and ways in which this plays out in the media. She also works on media discourse around energy transitions, climate change and water justice in different national contexts.


Prior to joining UTAS, Gabi was 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 16 books, including large format coffee-table books for Lonely Planet. She has also been a 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

  • 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
  • KAA106 Introduction to Sustainability Literacy
  • HEJ415 Communication for Change

Teaching responsibility

In Semester 2 2019:

HEJ507 Media Relations

In Spring School 2019:

HEJ415 Communication for Change

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

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Fields of Research

  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • The Media (950204)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)


Total publications



(1 outputs)
2015Mocatta G, 'Environmental Journalism', Open School of Journalism, New York, pp. 97. (2015) [Authored Other Book]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2019Mocatta G, 'When water is energy: tracing water justice discourses in Chile's mega-hydro debate', A Mighty Stream: A Confluence of Water, Rhetoric and Social Justice, Lexington Books, C Schmitt (ed), Lanham, pp. 333. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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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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Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2019Mocatta G, 'Energy that's as clean as water: tracking mediatized discourse on hydroelectric dam building and climate change in Chile', The 2019 Conference on Communication and Environment in Vancouver, 17-21 June, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 24. (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2015Mocatta G, 'Media, symbolism and becoming emblematic: lessons form an enduring environmental conflict in Chile', The 2015 Conference On Communication and Environment In Boulder, 11-14 June, Boulder, Colorado, pp. 10. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2013Mocatta G, 'CSR communication vs. protest movement campaign in Chile: A case study of the HidroAysen megaproject debate', CSR Communication Conference 2013 Conference Proceedings, 18-20 September, Denmark, pp. 40-48. ISBN 978-961-235-678-1 (2013) [Conference Extract]

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(2 outputs)
2018Mocatta G, 'Becoming emblematic: lessons from a mediatized megaproject conflict in Chile' (2018) [PhD]

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2002Mocatta G, 'Media freedom and democracy in post-perestroika Russia' (2002) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2019Mocatta G, 'Talking Point: We're in the final decade it will be possible to fix climate change', The Mercury, News Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Tasmania, 20 September (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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