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Will Renel



  • William Renel’s practice as an inclusive design researcher emerges at the junctions between sound, interaction and social inclusion research. During his PhD in Inclusive Design at the Royal College of Art, Renel explored ‘Sonic Inclusion’ – the multitude of ways that sound includes or excludes d/Deaf and disabled people from society. 

    Renel is currently a post-doctoral innovation fellow at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, a company director of Touretteshero ( and a member of the Heart n Soul at the Hub research team at Wellcome Collection ( Renel has published, exhibited and performed across the UK and internationally and is a passionate advocate of people-centred design. 

  • Degrees

  • PhD: Inclusive Design, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, 2019; MMus: Creative Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2015; BMus: Popular Music, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Transfer 2, One Two Five Gallery, Bath. 2017.; Transfer, One Two Five Gallery, Bath. 2016.
  • Conferences

  • [Re]mixing Space: Charting Sonic Accessibility and Social Equity in Creative Urban Contexts. 15th Annual Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference, Eindhoven, November 2018.; Sonic Inclusion. IRCAM Forum, Centre Pompidou, Paris, March 2017.; Sonic Accessibility. Design Engineering Management Conference, University of Cambridge. March 2016
  • Publications

  • (2018) Renel, W. Auraldiversity: Defining a Hearing-Centred Approach to Socially Equitable Design of The Built Environment. Built Environment, Vol 44(1): 36-51.