Dr Mitchell Hobbs

BA (Hons, H1)(La Trobe University), PhD (Newcastle)
Lecturer in Media and Public Relations

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 4140

Biographical details

Dr Mitchell Hobbs is Lecturer in Media and Public Relations at the University of Sydney. His research activities concern political communication and media power, and his publications are regularly assigned as core texts at universities in Australia and the United States. Mitchell also possesses high-level experience in media and public relations. Most notably, he worked in political public relations for Prime Minister Julia Gillard from 2011 to 2012. In this role, he was responsible for the implementation of the Hon Julia Gillard’s media and communication activities in her electorate in Melbourne. He was also responsible for managing key stakeholder relationships. Mitchell’s professional experiences and research activities have given him unique insights into communication power and its capacity for social and political change.

Research interests

  • Social Media
  • Media and communication power
  • Political public relations
  • Agenda setting
  • Framing
  • Advocacy advertising
  • Media sociology
  • Political public sphere
  • Strategic communication
  • Media policy

Associations

  • Member, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected publications

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Books

  • Chalkley, T., Hobbs, M., Brown, A., Cinque, T., Warren, B., Finn, M. (2015). Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Chalkley, T., Brown, A., Cinque, T., Warren, B., Hobbs, M., Finn, M. (2012). Communication, New Media and Everyday Life. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.

Book Chapters

  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2017). Fighting for Coal: Public Relations and the Campaigns Against Lower Carbon Pollution Policies in Australia. In Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock (Eds.), Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis [forthcoming]. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hobbs, M. (2016). Media, social media, and why you should think twice before posting that!. In James Arvanitakis (Eds.), Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture, (pp. 385-402). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Media power and influence. Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition, (pp. 37-53). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobbs, M., Mann, A. (2015). Public Relations: Strategy, Tactics and Ethics. Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2012). Designing Desire: Advertising, Consumption and Identity. In Tony Chalkley, Adam Brown, Toija Cinque, Brad Warren, Mitchell Hobbs, Mark Finn (Eds.), Communication, New Media and Everyday Life, (pp. 67-82). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.
  • Hobbs, M. (2012). Semiotics: making meaning from signs. In Tony Chalkley, Adam Brown, Toija Cinque, Brad Warren, Mitchell Hobbs, Mark Finn (Eds.), Communication, New Media and Everyday Life, (pp. 83-96). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.

Journals

  • Hobbs, M., Owen, S., Gerber, L. (2017). Liquid love? Dating apps, sex, relationships and the digital transformation of intimacy. Journal of Sociology, 53(2), 271-284. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M., Owen, S. (2016). Stifling Dissent: The Murdoch Press and its Campaigns against its 'Critics'. Communication Research and Practice, 2(2), 137-158. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2016). The sociology of spin: An investigation into the uses, practices and consequences of political communication. Journal of Sociology, 52(2), 371-386. [More Information]
  • Nilan, P., Burgess, H., Hobbs, M., Threadgold, S., Alexander, W. (2015). Youth, Social Media, and Cyberbullying Among Australian Youth: "Sick Friends". Social Media + Society, July-December, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M., McKnight, D. (2014). 'Kick this mob out': The Murdoch media and the Australian Labor Government (2007 to 2013). Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 8(2), 1-13. [More Information]
  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2013). Public Contest through the Popular Media: The Mining Industry's Advertising War against the Australian Labor Government. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48(3), 307-319. [More Information]
  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2011). 'You�re all a bunch of pinkos': Rupert Murdoch and the politics of HarperCollins. Media, Culture and Society, 33(6), 835-850. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2010). Neo-conned: The Murdoch Press and the Iraq War. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 6(2), 187-207. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2009). Moving Beyond ‘Decorative Theory’. Nexus, 21(2), 15-16.
  • Hobbs, M. (2007). 'More Paper than Physical': The Reincorporation of News Corp and its Representation in the Australian Press. Journal of Sociology, 43(3), 263-281. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Hobbs, M., Lee, E. (2016). Manufacturing Dissent: Strategic Public Relations and Its impact on the Climate Change Debate [extended abstract]. 66th International Communication Association Annual Conference, Fukuoka: International Communications Association.
  • Hobbs, M. (2008). On Discourse and Representation: Reflections on Michel Foucault's Contribution to the Study of the Mass Media. The annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2008, Melbourne: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
  • Hobbs, M. (2007). Reflections on the 'Reality' of the Iraq War: The Demise of Baudrillard's Search for Truth? TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007 Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons, Auckland: University of Auckland.

Reference Works

  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Climate change is a back-of-the-mind issue, Anthony Giddens (1938- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 148-149). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Global cities are strategic sites for new types of operations, Saskia Sassen (1949-). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 164-165). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Global issues, local perspectives, Roland Robertson (1938- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 146-147). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). It sometimes seems as if the whole world is on the move, John Urry (1946- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 162). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Processes of change have altered the relations between peoples and communities, David Held (1951- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 170-171). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). The modern world-system, Immanuel Wallerstein (1930- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 144-145). London: Dorling Kindersley.

2017

  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2017). Fighting for Coal: Public Relations and the Campaigns Against Lower Carbon Pollution Policies in Australia. In Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock (Eds.), Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis [forthcoming]. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hobbs, M., Owen, S., Gerber, L. (2017). Liquid love? Dating apps, sex, relationships and the digital transformation of intimacy. Journal of Sociology, 53(2), 271-284. [More Information]

2016

  • Hobbs, M., Lee, E. (2016). Manufacturing Dissent: Strategic Public Relations and Its impact on the Climate Change Debate [extended abstract]. 66th International Communication Association Annual Conference, Fukuoka: International Communications Association.
  • Hobbs, M. (2016). Media, social media, and why you should think twice before posting that!. In James Arvanitakis (Eds.), Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture, (pp. 385-402). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobbs, M., Owen, S. (2016). Stifling Dissent: The Murdoch Press and its Campaigns against its 'Critics'. Communication Research and Practice, 2(2), 137-158. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2016). The sociology of spin: An investigation into the uses, practices and consequences of political communication. Journal of Sociology, 52(2), 371-386. [More Information]

2015

  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Climate change is a back-of-the-mind issue, Anthony Giddens (1938- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 148-149). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Chalkley, T., Hobbs, M., Brown, A., Cinque, T., Warren, B., Finn, M. (2015). Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Global cities are strategic sites for new types of operations, Saskia Sassen (1949-). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 164-165). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Global issues, local perspectives, Roland Robertson (1938- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 146-147). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). It sometimes seems as if the whole world is on the move, John Urry (1946- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 162). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Media power and influence. Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition, (pp. 37-53). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). Processes of change have altered the relations between peoples and communities, David Held (1951- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 170-171). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Hobbs, M., Mann, A. (2015). Public Relations: Strategy, Tactics and Ethics. Communication, Digital Media and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2015). The modern world-system, Immanuel Wallerstein (1930- ). In Alexandra Beeden and Miezan Van Zyl (Eds.), The Sociology Book. (pp. 144-145). London: Dorling Kindersley.
  • Nilan, P., Burgess, H., Hobbs, M., Threadgold, S., Alexander, W. (2015). Youth, Social Media, and Cyberbullying Among Australian Youth: "Sick Friends". Social Media + Society, July-December, 1-12. [More Information]

2014

  • Hobbs, M., McKnight, D. (2014). 'Kick this mob out': The Murdoch media and the Australian Labor Government (2007 to 2013). Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 8(2), 1-13. [More Information]

2013

  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2013). Public Contest through the Popular Media: The Mining Industry's Advertising War against the Australian Labor Government. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48(3), 307-319. [More Information]

2012

  • Chalkley, T., Brown, A., Cinque, T., Warren, B., Hobbs, M., Finn, M. (2012). Communication, New Media and Everyday Life. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.
  • Hobbs, M. (2012). Designing Desire: Advertising, Consumption and Identity. In Tony Chalkley, Adam Brown, Toija Cinque, Brad Warren, Mitchell Hobbs, Mark Finn (Eds.), Communication, New Media and Everyday Life, (pp. 67-82). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.
  • Hobbs, M. (2012). Semiotics: making meaning from signs. In Tony Chalkley, Adam Brown, Toija Cinque, Brad Warren, Mitchell Hobbs, Mark Finn (Eds.), Communication, New Media and Everyday Life, (pp. 83-96). Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia.

2011

  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2011). 'You�re all a bunch of pinkos': Rupert Murdoch and the politics of HarperCollins. Media, Culture and Society, 33(6), 835-850. [More Information]

2010

  • Hobbs, M. (2010). Neo-conned: The Murdoch Press and the Iraq War. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 6(2), 187-207. [More Information]

2009

  • Hobbs, M. (2009). Moving Beyond ‘Decorative Theory’. Nexus, 21(2), 15-16.

2008

  • Hobbs, M. (2008). On Discourse and Representation: Reflections on Michel Foucault's Contribution to the Study of the Mass Media. The annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2008, Melbourne: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2007

  • Hobbs, M. (2007). 'More Paper than Physical': The Reincorporation of News Corp and its Representation in the Australian Press. Journal of Sociology, 43(3), 263-281. [More Information]
  • Hobbs, M. (2007). Reflections on the 'Reality' of the Iraq War: The Demise of Baudrillard's Search for Truth? TASA & SAANZ Joint Conference 2007 Public Sociologies: Lessons and Trans-Tasman Comparisons, Auckland: University of Auckland.

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