PhD, Australian National University
Cobi has more than a decade of experience working internationally in disaster response, environmental governance, health promotion, inclusive technology and science communication. She researches how Earth observation (EO) satellite data contributes to and shapes environmental law and disaster risk reduction.
Dr Cobi Calyx joined UNSW from government to catalyse a collaboration between the Centre for Social Impact and UNSW Science about leading science for impact, which evolved into work-integrated learning now offered to all science students. In 2022 she joined the Environment and Society Group and continues working collaboratively with the Office of the Women in STEM Ambassador on program evaluation.
Cobi guest lectures in space governance and has worked with organisations ranging from the Australian Space Agency locally to the United Nations Satellite Centre in Geneva.
Cobi is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, reflecting her educational expertise. Though an early career academic, she is experienced in media production, publishing and presenting for diverse audiences. Examples include an interactive network map about international forestry laws, performances about science heroes and news of progress on the global development goals.
Cobi lives on Kaurna land with her family, settlers of British, Dutch, Guernési, Irish and Mauritian Creole heritage. She is multilingual and supports endangered language revival, focused on Kaurna and Guernésiais. She has lived on five continents, including a year with the Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact, which informed and shaped her ongoing support for Aboriginal self-determination, noting sovereignty in Australia was never ceded. She supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.