William Viney



I am a writer and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University. I write about cultural history, medicine, and data. I also write reviews and catalogue essays about literature, philosophy and the arts.

Following a PhD in Cultural Studies and Humanities at the London Consortium, University of London (2008-2011) I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Durham University (2013-2016). As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, I supported a project called ‘People Like You’: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation (2018-2022). Following this I worked at Imperial College London’s Patient Experience Research Centre (2022-2023), where I led research into participation in data-intensive medical research.

I believe medicine and medical research should be made public and trustworthy. It should therefore be governed in the public interest. In the last 10 years I have worked as a public contributor, consultant, and researcher. I have contributed to the work of the Ada Lovelace Institute and the Health Foundation, the Health Research Authority, the Global Alliance for Genetic Health (GA4GH), NIHR BioResource’s National Public Advisory Group (NPAG), and the METADAC data governance infrastructure.

I am always open to collaboration on these topics and others. If you think we could work together, please contact me here