Gabi Mocatta

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Gabi Mocatta

University Associate
Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication (Discipline of Geography)

Room 207 , The Media School, Salamanca

+61 3 6226 2950 (phone)

Gabi has lectured and tutored in Media at the University of Tasmania since 2010, and is currently a University Associate in the Media School and Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication with Climate Futures, in the Discipline of Geography. Her research interests are particularly concerned with communicating the environment. Gabi is especially interested in the relationship between media literacy and environmental literacy in the context of the current climate crisis. She also researches environmental harms and social inequality, examining the ways in which the relationship between these plays out in media discourse. With colleagues in the School of Science and Engineering and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Gabi also researches and teaches on risk communication and risk perception, in relation to natural hazards and disasters. 

Gabi is a collaborator with A/Prof Max Boykoff on the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) project at University of Colorado, Boulder (UCB) contributing data and analysis on Russian media coverage of climate range to this group's work. She is also Research Affiliate at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at UCB. 

In addition to her roles at the University of Tasmania, Gabi is also Lecturer in Journalism at Deakin University.


Prior to joining the University of Tasmania, Gabi was a newspaper and magazine features writer, contributing to publications including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Moscow Times, The Russia Journal and The Johannesburg Sunday Times; and magazines including Australian Geographic, Vacations & Travel and Australian Gourmet Traveller. 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 digital content contributor for the BBC. 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 taught in the following units 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
  • KAA106 Introduction to Sustainability Literacy
  • 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.

Teaching responsibility

Semester 1 2020:

  • XBR208 Natural Hazards and Disasters (media and communications component)

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Fields of Research

  • Communication Studies (200101)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication (200105)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Meteorology (040107)
  • Climatology (excl. Climate Change Processes) (040105)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • The Media (950204)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Land and Water Management of environments (960999)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Atmosphere and Weather (960299)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)


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)
2020Mocatta 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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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

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Total funding



Developing a flash flood warning system for short duration catchments using rain fields data, 2D hydrodynamic modelling and best-practice emergency communication (2020 - 2023)$63,000
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is interested in funding a PhD Scholarship exploring the development of an improved flood warning system for short duration catchments using rain fields data, 2D hydrodynamic modelling and best-practice emergency communication.
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($63,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Corney SP; White CJ; Mocatta G; Fox-Hughes P
2020 - 2023

Developing a flash flood warning system for short duration catchments using rain fields data, 2D hydrodynamic modelling and best-practice emergency communication