Photo credit: Dipta Chakma

This is the online portfolio of me – Cobi Smith. I’m pictured on the right, in work mode. There are also photos of me looking less serious.

Towards the end of 2016 I returned to my home city of Adelaide to work in emergency services, building on my international experience in disaster response and risk reduction, as well as postgraduate studies in health promotion and science communication. I’ve since transitioned into an environmental governance role focused on water security.

For half of 2016 I based in Vanuatu, supporting Wan Smolbag‘s health, environment and human rights projects through digital training and production, funded through Australian Aid. I was also involved with the Vanuatu Climate Adaptation Network (VCAN).

Before moving to Vanuatu in 2016 I was in Adelaide, involved with The Wilderness Society‘s #fightforthebight campaign, for example writing a parliamentary submission and MCing their Adelaide Fringe comedy gala to raise funds for the campaign.

In 2015 I was in Melbourne working on research,  training, media and comedy projects, mostly employed through the University of Melbourne.

For the second half of 2014 I was living in Geneva based in CERN focused on the UNITAR-UNOSAT project geotagx.org, part of Citizen Cyberlab.

March-June I was a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School, incorporating international law and human rights into my science communication PhD. My PhD is part-time as I’ve been working throughout, as well as taking leave for intensive project work. I started my PhD originally as an MPhil when I returned to Australia from Cambridge.

Until March 2014 I was an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development for a year with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), based in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.  I was based within AIPP’s research and communication development team supporting their environment, gender, human rights and capacity building programs.

I’ve also worked as a comedian and producer, information about which is at Time to Krill.

I’ve lived on five continents, specifically in the countries Australia, Canada, Chile, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand and Vanuatu. Officially I’m an Australian citizen, but philosophically I consider myself a citizen of the world.

Once upon a time I was a broadcast journalist, then writer, editor, producer, developer, researcher, trainer… now I embrace being all of those things to varying degrees on different projects. Most of my work is in science, technology, environment, health and development – and comedy. Concise Science (one of the domains you might reach this site through) was the name of my UK business when I was based there, and is the name through which I do freelance/consulting work in Australia.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can write a comment on the bottom of this page  and I’ll get back to you. It won’t appear on the site. Or use Twitter, I check that often.

Transparency is important to me; I’m becoming something of an open activist. In the interests of transparency, here are lists of organizations and causes I’ve been involved with. They’re roughly divided into whether money or in-kind support have flowed from them to me, or from me to them. But there’s (inevitably?) some overlap. If you’re involved with an organisation that I’ve overlooked, do send me an email to remind me and I can add it to the list.

My work has been supported by these organisations:

I have supported or been involved with the following organisations:


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