Profile image of Gabi Mocatta

Dr Gabi Mocatta



Lecturer in Communication - Journalism


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 45921


Dr Gabi Mocatta is a former print and online journalist who has previously taught in the Media School at the University of Tasmania and is currently Lecturer in Communication - Journalism, at Deakin University. She researches primarily in environmental communication, and collaborates on media and climate change and environmental communication research projects in Australia and the US.

Gabi co-leads the Climate Change Communication and Narratives research network at Deakin.

Read more on Gabi's profile

Research interests

Environmental communication, science communication, climate change communication

Environmental protests and social movements

Investigative journalism on the environment

Media literacy and environmental literacy

Environmental justice and inequality 


Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication, Climate Futures, Discipline of Geography, University of Tasmania. 

Research Affiliate, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Teaching interests

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate journalism subjects, particularly news and feature writing, multimedia journalism and transmedia storytelling, NGO communication and strategic communication.

Units taught

ALJ729 Newsroom Practice

ALJ111 News Reporting 1

ALJ112 News Reporting 2

ALJ304 Local Journalism

ACX702 Applied Research Methods for Communication

ALJ710 Multimedia Journalism

In Trimester 2 2021:

ALJ710 Multimedia Journalism

ACX700 Public Relations Campaigns

ACX707/708 Professional Research Project


Media, People, Planet: Environmental Communication in a Time of Crisis, a research collaboration with Dr Erin Hawley that examines the nexus between media literacy and environmental literacy on a planet in crisis. A book arising out of this project is due for publication by Routledge in 2022.

Collaborator with A/Prof. Max Boykoff at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on the MeCCO (Media and Climate Change Observatory) project, contributing monitoring and analysis of Russian media coverage of climate change.

Global Environmental Thought leaders project. This project (with Dr Erin Hawley) has interviewed 25 global environmental thought leaders to better understand the imperative of environmental discourses and leadership in the current final decade we now have to act on climate change. 


Filter by


Environmental Communication Theory and Practice for Global Transformation: An Ecocultural Approach

Tema Milstein, Gabi Mocatta

(2022), pp. 474-490, Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Rhetorical Approaches in Environmental Communication

Casey Schmitt, Gabi Mocatta, Joanna Maras-Tate

(2021), pp. 1-39, The Handbook of International Trends in Environmental Communication, London, Eng, B1

book chapter

"Fact-based dreaming" as climate communication

E Hawley, G Mocatta

(2021), pp. 1-14, Popular Communication, London, Eng., C1

journal article

When water is energy: tracing mediatized discourse in Chile's mega-hydro debate

G Mocatta

(2020), Water, rhetoric, and social justice: a critical confluence, Lanham, Md., B1

book chapter

The coronavirus crisis as tipping point: communicating the environment in a time of pandemic

G Mocatta, E Hawley

(2020), Vol. 177, pp. 119-124, Media International Australia, C1

journal article

Uncovering a climate catastrophe? Media coverage of Australia's Black Summer bushfires and the revelatory extent of the climate blame frame

Gabi Mocatta, Erin Hawley

(2020), Vol. 23, M/C journal, Kelvin Grove, Qld., C1

journal article

Designing a distance education course in environmental journalism

G Mocatta

(2017), pp. 128-142, Environmental communication pedagogy and practice, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


No completed student supervisions to report