Benedict Moleta

Benedict Moleta


  • The University of Western Australia (M434), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


From November 2023 I am on extended leave from UWA, starting a PhD at the Australian National University in 2024. Primary supervisor is Professor George Lawson, Head of Department of International Relations. Secondary supervisor is Dr Benjamin Zala.


I graduated from UWA in 2000 with a BA in German and European Studies, and was a recipient of the UWA Graduates Association Prize for Best Student in European Languages and Studies.

I managed a classical music retail business 2005-2011, storefront and online, and then started working at UWA in 2011. Here I've been involved in digital content management with various remits - in central departments, faculties and schools, and as a consultant across various centres and administrative units.

In 2019-2020 I completed an MA by research at the University of Sydney, on relations between the European Union and Palestine. The dissertation focussed on the prospects for political engagement with Hamas, and drew on the work of Olivier Roy. The MA was supervised by Peter Morgan and was graded with High Distinction by examiners James Piscatori and Amin Saikal.

I enjoy learning languages.


Roles and responsibilities

UWA employee since 2011. 

I'm interested in effective and sustainable digital initiatives that serve long-term objectives in the higher education sector. 

I believe in the establishment of stable fundamental procedures for the production and ongoing maintenance of digital content.

I'm interested in realism and results.

Since 2011 I've built, reformed, stripped, cleaned, and reconceptualized academic and adminstative digital content across the institution:

- in central service delivery offices (in three incarnations of the central web department)

- by managing online content and delivering digital projects across nine schools in the (then) Faculty of Science, 2014-2017

- by streamlining training and support programs in the central web department, and providing in-person and online training to individuals and groups across the university

Currently I work in the central Digital Channel, alongside my esteemed colleague and fellow Senior Web Coordinator Karina Welna.

In the Digital Channel I conceptualize, produce, deliver, evaluate and reform digital content and digital initiatives that serve institution-wide priorities and local needs across:

- teaching and research, student life, community engagement and industry engagement

and between:

- public websites and internal systems.


English: Native or bilingual proficiency
German: Full professional proficiency
French: Limited working proficiency
Indonesian: Elementary proficiency (started learning 2022)
Italian: Limited working proficiency
Arabic: A few basic greetings and phrases
Persian: A few basic greetings and phrases
HTML: Full professional proficiency

Current projects

I am currently researching Australia's ciminal listing of Hamas, confirmed by the Morrison Coalition government in 2022, with Hamas 'in its entirety' now included on the list of proscribed terrorist organizations to which the provisions of the Australian Criminal Code apply.

Community engagement

I have produced visual art and music since 1996, presenting it in a range of community venues and settings.

I have held three solo exhibitions - drawing, painting, photography, installation and performance - at the then Verge and Kurb Galleries, in 1996, 2001 and 2012.

2000-2001 I produced and co-edited a quarterly magazine of local arts criticism, creative writing, photography and other content, called Crowd Control.

I have released eight albums of original pop music since 2005, playing in various formats in community venues, in Perth, Darlington, Toodyay, and elswhere, and touring nationally solo and in band format.

Recent musical activities include a 23-track live album recorded in concert in May 2023, an album of classical, pop and patriotic songs in five languages and an album of nineteenth-century German classical songs by Schumann, Wolf and Mahler.

Official video channel has a selection of new and old material. covers all music activity since 2002.

Album number nine of original material is on the way.


Education/Academic qualification

European Studies, 2020: Master of Arts (Research) | University of Sydney | Grade: High Distinction | Thesis title: EU-Palestine relations in 2020: Is political engagement possible? | Supervisor: Peter Morgan | Examiners: James Piscatori and Amin Saikal, EU-Palestine relations in 2020: Is political engagement possible?

German and European Studies, 2000: Bachelor of Arts | University of Western Australia | UWA Graduates Association Prize: Best Student in European Languages and Studies

Research expertise keywords

  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Middle East
  • European Union
  • Palestine
  • Israel
  • Hamas
  • Political Islam
  • Political Realism
  • Olivier Roy
  • George F Kennan


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