Dr Mitchell Hobbs

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

Member of Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 4140

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Biographical details

Dr Mitchell Hobbs is Lecturer in Media and Public Relations at the University of Sydney. He is the Postgraduate Convenor of the graduate coursework programs within the Department of Media and Communications, as well as the Degree Director for the Master of Strategic Public Relations. An award-winning lecturer, Mitchell teaches graduate units in political public relations and strategy selection in corporate communication. His current research focuses on public lobbying strategies; social media and misinformation campaigns; and dating apps. He has previously published on the politics of major media outlets, as well as semiotics, advertising and identity. Mitchell also possesses high-level experience in media relations, including working in political public relations for Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Mitchell’s professional experiences and research activities have given him unique insights into the uses and consequences of communication technologies.

Research interests

  • Social media and public relations
  • Political public relations
  • Lobbying and public affairs
  • Media power and influence
  • Rupert Murdoch and the politics of News Corp
  • Dating apps, relationships and modernity
  • Bots, AI and social media campaigns

Current projects

  • Hobbs, M and Swiatek L (2018). Public Lobbying: Examining the influence of the tobacco and mining industries in Australia, in M Sheehan's The Influence Seekers: Political Lobbying in Australia (2nd ed.), Australian Scholarly Publishing: Melbourne, forthcoming May.

Associations

  • Member, International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Member, Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA)
  • 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

  • Hobbs, M., Swiatek, L. (2019). Public relations and lobbying: Influencing politics and policy. In Mark J. Sheehan (Eds.), Advocates and persuaders, (pp. 159-180). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2017). Fighting for Coal: Public Relations and the Campaigns Against Lower Carbon Pollution Policies in Australia. In Benedetta Brevini, Graham Murdock (Eds.), Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis, (pp. 115-129). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • 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. In Tony Chalkley; Mitchell Hobbs; Adam Brown; Toija Cinque; Brad Warren; Mark Finn (Eds.), 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. In Tony Chalkley; Mitchell Hobbs; Adam Brown; Toija Cinque; Brad Warren; Mark Finn (Eds.), 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., Della Bosca, H., Schlosberg, D., Sun, C. (2019). Turf Wars: Using Social Media Network Analysis to Examine the Suspected Astroturfing Campaign for the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine on Twitter (forthcoming). Journal of Public Affairs.
  • Hobbs, M. (2018). The triumph of tactics over strategy [Review of the book Disposable Leaders: Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott by R. Tiffen]. Australian Journalism Review, 40(1), 127-129.
  • 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.

2019

  • Hobbs, M., Swiatek, L. (2019). Public relations and lobbying: Influencing politics and policy. In Mark J. Sheehan (Eds.), Advocates and persuaders, (pp. 159-180). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Hobbs, M., Della Bosca, H., Schlosberg, D., Sun, C. (2019). Turf Wars: Using Social Media Network Analysis to Examine the Suspected Astroturfing Campaign for the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine on Twitter (forthcoming). Journal of Public Affairs.

2018

  • Hobbs, M. (2018). The triumph of tactics over strategy [Review of the book Disposable Leaders: Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott by R. Tiffen]. Australian Journalism Review, 40(1), 127-129.

2017

  • McKnight, D., Hobbs, M. (2017). Fighting for Coal: Public Relations and the Campaigns Against Lower Carbon Pollution Policies in Australia. In Benedetta Brevini, Graham Murdock (Eds.), Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis, (pp. 115-129). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • 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. In Tony Chalkley; Mitchell Hobbs; Adam Brown; Toija Cinque; Brad Warren; Mark Finn (Eds.), 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. In Tony Chalkley; Mitchell Hobbs; Adam Brown; Toija Cinque; Brad Warren; Mark Finn (Eds.), 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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