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About Prof Jason Powell

Professor Jason Powell PhD, FHEA, FRSA, FRSPH has research interests on ageing, social policy, leadership, comparative approaches, care, crime, Foucault and social theory. 

Professor Powell is the current Department of Social and Political Science’s Research Co-ordinator and REF 2021 Co-ordinator. He is a member of the Faculty of Social Science Research Co-ordinators Group and is the Faculty of Social Sciences Representative on the University Research Committee. He also founded the Professoriate in the Department of Social and Political Science to support all staff on research and knowledge exchange through mentorship, collaboration, sharing networks and developmental workshops.

Professor Powell has extensive leadership and management experience of Higher Education spanning almost 25 years. Previously, at various HEIs, he is a 4-time Full Professor, an acting Dean, 4-time Associate Dean of Faculty and 2-time Founding Director of Knowledge Exchange. He is passionate about integrating teaching, research and scholarship; never in isolation.

Previously, Professor Powell was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Professor of Social Gerontology at Coventry University; Professor of Community Practice and Social Justice and Head of Social Care Research at Manchester Metropolitan University; Professor of Community Leadership and Active Citizenship, Head of Social Sciences, occasional acting Dean and Founding Director of Sustainable Communities Knowledge Exchange at The University of Central Lancashire. Formerly, Professor Powell was Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts (acting) and Associate Dean of Faculty of Social and Environmental Sciences at The University of Liverpool. He was also Founding Executive Director of Knowledge Exchange Unit and held a Readership in Sociology and Social Policy. Previously, he was Associate Head of School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care and Faculty/School Director of Admissions at the University of Salford.

These leadership and management roles have given Professor Powell important opportunities to line manage, support and develop staff to widen the nexus of opportunities of teaching, scholarship, internationalisation, research and knowledge exchange. Professor Powell also strongly believes ‘good leaders build good leaders’. He has consistently collaborated with early career research and mid career staff in order to build confidence, capacity and capability relating to research and knowledge exchange and build a dynamic research culture.

In terms of his global portfolio, he has cultivated strong international relationships illustrating strong esteem indicators. For example, Professor Powell holds 4 Honorary Professorships globally in recognition of his research on ageing: 

Honorary Professor, University of Tasmania 

Honorary Professor, McMaster University 

Honorary Professor, Guangdong Technology University

Honorary Professor, The Centre for Education, Social and Humanitarian Studies

He has held 8 Visiting Professorships across the world in recognition of his work on ageing: US, Canada, EU, Jordan, S.Africa & Australia. 

He has also held 9 Fellowships at top ranked universities including University of Oxford and University of Liverpool and Learned Societies. For example:

Fellowship of RSA

Fellowship of GLO

Fellowship of HEA

Fellowship of RAS

Fellowship of RSPH

Fellowship of TCI 

He has been Visiting Scholar 4 times. For example:

Visiting Scholar, The Harvard Medical School (top ranked in the world)

Visiting Scholar, Wake Forest University 

Visiting Scholar, Victoria University

Honorary Visiting International Research Scholar, Tsinghua University (top ranked and most prestigious University in China)

Professor Powell has a strong commitment to global community engagement and is proud to be Honorary Director of the Geriatric Respite Care Foundation in building infrastructure in Uganda. Coupled with this, Professor Powell has strong international relationships with stakeholders and service providers. He was recently invited by Ontario Council of Graduate Studies in Ontario, Canada to be an International Consultant to assess postgraduate education at HEIs. 

Professor Powell has also created very strong relationships with SMEs, community organisations, TSOs and businesses through creation of social networks both nationally and globally with a focus to develop effective and quality partnerships. This is part of a strategic development for the development of partnerships at The University of Chester to enable 'Connected Communities in Research and Knowledge Exchange'.

Public Engagement

Caron Cares. (2013) ‘Personal budgets for personal care for older people’ 

London School of Economics (LSE) British Policy and Politics Blog (with P. Taylor, 2016) 'Ageing in an era of neoliberalism: the impact on extending working lives'

The China Policy Institute (University of Nottingham) (with S. Chen, 2017) ‘The Power of Ageing in China: Implications of the End of the “One Child” Policy’

International Network for Critical Gerontology (McMaster University, Canada) (with P. Taylor, 2017) 'Aging and the military veteran offender'


Jason teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

  • Level 4: Policing, Crime and Society
  • Level 5: Theories of Crime and Justice
  • Level 6: Crime Prevention and Community Safety
  • Level 6: Crime and the Life Course

He also welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students for supervision.

Until recently, Jason was a member of the AQA Curriculum and Assessment Quality Committee focusing on transition issues post 16-education provision to H.E.

He was also a Trustee for the AQA.

Professor Powell is currently External Examiner for BA Sociology and BA Behavioural Sciences at The University of Huddersfield. Previously, he has also served as an External Examiner at The University of Plymouth and The University of Central Lancashire. He has served on over fifteen (Re-) Validation events as an Assessor.


In his career, Prof Powell has led many research and research-led knowledge exchange ventures in UK, EU and Asia totaling almost £5,000,000/$7,000,000/Y43,064,535. For example, working in pure and applied research projects and generated extensive knowledge exchange partnerships with external organisations, a National Lottery funded (GBP 186,775) project with Wigan AgeUK on participatory action research, loneliness and active citizenship; an ESF Objective 3 (GBP 168,000) project as PI in piloting and researching CPD in 'Work Based Learning' for unemployed older people; an ERDF project (GBP 199,095) on evaluating Age Discrimination for SMEs; an (GBP 498,000) Big Lottery BASIS partnership with St Helens CVS as PI in evaluating the critical success factors of the infrastructure of front line services of health/community/voluntary organizations/social enterprise in NW of England; and (GBP 400,000) LSC project as PI in evaluating efficacy of web portals for marginalised groups. He attained GBP 2,500,000 from the EU on exploring ageing populations and health across European member states and as part of a successful National Science Foundation grant on ageing, capacity building and research across HEIs in China (Y3,000,000 yuan).

Professor Powell is the author of several hundred publications including 70 academic books/monographs. For example, Social Theory and Aging (part of Professor Charles Lemert’s distinguished ‘Social Formations’ book series), Situating Social Theory (with T.May), The Welfare State in Post-Industrial Society (with J. Hendricks) and Aging in China (with S. Chen). He has forthcoming books in 2018 entitled The Power of Global Aging; The Lifecourse and Aging; and Aging in Western Society.

Professor Powell has also consistently published in top ranked peer reviewed international journals across the world: The Canadian Journal of Sociology; International Journal of Social Welfare; Social Policy and Society; The British Journal of Healthcare Management; African Journal of Law and Criminology; International Journal of Public Policy; Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences; International Nursing Review; Nursing and Palliative Care; Surveillance and Society; Journal of Aging & Social Policy; Journal of Contemporary Health; Journal of Governance and Public Policy; Journal of Aging & Identity; Hallym International Journal of Aging; Ageing International; International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory; The Journal of Applied Gerontology; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; and Journal of Social Work to name but a few.

He is a past Winner of the "Highly Commended Article Award" in The International Journal of Sociology & Social Policy. In the US, The Journal of Applied Gerontology had a special edition of its journal on his international contribution to Foucauldian approaches to professional power and ageing. 

He has extensive editorial experience. Professor Powell is Editor-in-Chief of US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis and Loss (SAGE). Professor Powell is also Series Editor of (i) International Aging and (ii) International Social Policy for distinguished Springer Nature publishers in the US. He is also Series Editor of (i) Social Perspectives in the 21st Century and (ii) Perspectives on Aging for Nova Science Publishers in the US. He has served on many editorial boards in his career across the world including Aging International, Qualitative Social Work and Journal of Applied Gerontology. Professor Powell is Editorial Advisor to Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is also Honorary Publishing Director of several international journals/publishers.

Prof Powell is also on the board of Editors on one of the most prestigious social science journals, Social Forces.

He has also supervised many PhD students to successful completion and has been PhD examiner on 21 occasions in the UK and Canada.

Prof Powell has been a member of the influential NIHR Career Development, Senior Research and Transitional Research Fellowship Committee and member of the ESRC Peer College. He has engaged with key stakeholders internationally with Professor Sheying Chen. Chen and Powell engaged research on ageing in China and America with the first Under-Secretary of State for Aging in the US. Recently, Prof. Powell was invited by the European Commission as a keynote speaker on 'ageing, health and ICT' to draw out the public policy implications for older people across Europe and health inequities and the role that ICT can play across the EU states. He has been a frequent Keynote Speaker internationally and most recently was invited as Keynote Speaker on EU Horizon 2020 research policy.


Published Work

Current Top 10 Published Outputs

  1. Powell, JL (2014) ‘Towards a Globalization of Aging’, The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 39, 2, 255-268 (Canadian Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 0.472
  2. Powell, J.L. (2009) ‘Social Theory, Aging, and Health and Welfare Professionals: A Foucauldian "Toolkit", Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28, 6, 669-682 (US Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 1.238
  3. Powell, J.L. (2001) ‘Social Philosophies of Age’, Journal of Internal Medicine, 3, 1. 3-17. (US Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 6.455
  4. Powell, J.L. and Gilbert, T (2007) ‘Professional Performances in Helping   Professions: Social Theory, Power and Practice’, International Journal of Social Welfare, 16, 3, 193-201 (European Refereed Article) Impact Factor:             0.956
  5. Powell, JL (2011) ‘Personalization, Participation and Care’, The British Journal of Health Care Management (UK Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 2.07
  6. Biggs, S. and Powell, J.L. (2001). ‘A Foucauldian analysis of Old Age and the Power of Social Welfare’, The Journal of Aging & Social Policy Vol.12, (2), 93-111. (US Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 0.674
  7. Gilbert, T and Powell, J.L. (2005). ‘Family, Caring and Ageing in the United Kingdom’, The Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 19, 1, 53-67   (European Refereed Article). Impact Factor: 0.961.
  8. Jones, H. and Powell J.L. (2006). ‘Old age, vulnerability and sexual violence: implications for knowledge and practice’. International Nursing Review 53, 211–216 (European Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 0.939
  9. Jackson, S. and Powell, J.L. (2001). ‘Understanding Social Policy in Europe’, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 26, (6), 181-9 (US Refereed Article). Impact Factor: 1.240
  10. Powell, J.L. and Gilbert, T (2010). ‘Power and Social Work in the United   Kingdom’, The Journal of Social Work, 10, 1, 3-24. (UK Refereed Article) Impact Factor: 1.233 (7/32)


BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Sociology (Liverpool John Moores University) (First-Class Honours)

MA in Sociology and Social Policy (University of Liverpool)

Ph.D in Social Policy and Ageing (Liverpool John Moores University)

Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Teaching Certificate in Higher Education (Open University)

SEDA Accredited Teacher in Higher Education (SEDA)

Register of Practitioners of the Higher Education Academy

Associate Fellow, the Higher Education Academy

Fellow, the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

360 Leadership Coaching, (UCLan)

Equality and Diversity Essentials Programme (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Fellow, The Royal Society for Public Health