Timandra Harkness

journalist, writer and broadcaster; presenter, Radio 4’s FutureProofing and How to Disagree; comedian, Take A Risk; author, Big Data: does size matter?

Timandra Harkness is a writer, broadcaster and presenter. Her book Big Data: does size matter? was published by Bloomsbury Sigma in 2016. Watch her TedX talk, What Is Knowledge In The Age Of Big Data? here. Timandra writes and presents BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing and How To Disagree series, and documentaries including Data, Data EverywherePersonality Politics, and Supersense Me for BBC Radio 4, and Are You A Numbers Person? for the BBC World Service. She was resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo.

Since winning the Independent newspaper’s column-writing competition, Timandra has written for publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, Men’s Health and Significance (the journal of the Royal Statistical Society). She formed the first comedy science double-act in the UK with neuroscientist Dr Helen Pilcher. Since then she’s written and performed scientific and mathematical comedy from Adelaide (Australia) to Pittsburgh PA. In August 2019, Timandra took a new solo show, Take A Risk, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Timandra is a Visiting Fellow (Knowledge Exchange) in Big Data, Information Rights and Public Engagement with the Centre for Information Rights at the University of Winchester. A member of the Royal Statistical Society, she is a founder member of their Special Interest Group on Data Ethics.