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About Prof Jason Powell

Professor Jason Powell has research interests on ageing and its relationship to social policy, comparative approaches, care, Michel 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, impact led activities and knowledge exchange through transformational leadership, mentorship, coaching, collaboration, building confidence, sharing networks and developmental workshops. Prof Powell's ambitious vision is to help consolidate the Department's research culture and growing international reputation. He has a strong belief that leadership is not just about being the best, but about making staff and students better. As a strategic thinker, he has been relentless throughout his career in investing in staff and building their confidence and capacity as teachers, researchers and scholars.

Professor Jason Powell has extensive leadership and management experience of Higher Education spanning almost 25 years. He holds a First-Class Honours Degree, Masters degree and Doctor of Philosophy (ageing). Previously, he is a 4X Full Professor, an Acting Dean, 4X Associate Dean of Faculty, 1X Associate Head of School, Head of Department of Social Sciences and 2X Founding Executive Director of Knowledge Exchange. He is passionate about integrating teaching, research and scholarship to facilitate the undergraduate and postgraduate student experience.

More specifically, Professor Powell was Associate Dean (Research) 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, 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 (Admissions, International. Widening Participation), Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts (Admissions, International and Recruitment) and Associate Dean of Faculty of Social and Environmental Sciences (Admissions and International)  at The University of Liverpool. He was also Founding Executive Director of Knowledge Exchange and held a Readership in Sociology and Social Policy. Previously, he was Associate Head of School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care (Student Experience); Faculty/School Director of Admissions/Research Director of Salford Centre of Gerontological Studies at The University of Salford (where he never missed a designated target).

In his career, as an Experienced Strategic leader, he has managed 4 Faculties, 31 Departments/Schools, 24 Subjects/10 Research Centres/1 Professoriate.

This extensive leadership and strong management experience has given Professor Powell opportunities to engage in having a transformational vision, people management, managing complex budgets, implementing strategic plans, support and develop staff and students to widen the opportunities of teaching, scholarship, internationalisation, community engagement, research and knowledge exchange. Professor Powell also strongly believes ‘good leaders build good leaders’. He has consistently collaborated with early career and mid career staff in order to build confidence, capacity and capability relating to research, teaching and knowledge exchange and build a dynamic culture that has a balance of portfolio activities.

In terms of his personal distinctions, Prof Powell has cultivated strong international relationships illustrating strong esteem indicators. For example, Professor Powell holds 5X Honorary Professorships globally in recognition of his research on ageing: 

Honorary Professor, AAREF 

Honorary Professor, McMaster University 

Honorary Professor, GASWEP

Distinguished Honorary Professor, Guangdong Technology University

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

Distinguished Honorary Senior Research Fellowship, TU

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

He has also held 14X Fellowships at top ranked universities including Oxford, Harvard and Tsinghua and Learned Societies. For example:

Fellowship of RSA

Fellowship of GLO

Fellowship of HEA

Fellowship of RAS

Fellowship of RGS

Fellowship of RSPH

Fellowship of TCI 

Fmr 2X Research Fellow of LJMU

Fellowship of RAI

Prof Powell has been a 4X International Visiting Scholar at WFU, Victoria U and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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.

Profesor 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 has lately served as External Examiner for BA Sociology and BA Behavioural Sciences at The University of Huddersfield. Previously, he held the post of External Examiner at The University of Plymouth for six years for the BSc Health and Social Care Programme. He has also served as External Examiner of BA Criminology and MA Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Central Lancashire. Prof Powell has also served on over fifteen (Re-) Validation events as an Assessor and many External Advisor roles for periodic programme reviews at HEIs across the United Kingdom and Canada. In 2018, he was Most Inspiring Lecturer Award Nominee.


In his career, Prof Powell has led many research and research-led knowledge exchange ventures in UK, EU and Asia. 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. 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 books in 2018 entitled The Power of Global Aging; The Lifecourse and Society; 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; Research and Reviews in Healthcare; Journal of Internal Medicine; African Journal of Law and Criminology; Journal of Comparative Social Welfare; 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 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 prestigious 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 (115+) in his career across the world including Aging International, Journal of Aging & Social Policy 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 in the world, Social Forces.

He has also supervised many PhD students to successful completion (100% record) 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 is a former Trustee of the AQA. He currently in a member of UKRI College: Future Leaders. Prof Powell has never missed as an entrant to the RAE/REF since 1996.

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 & Sociology (Liverpool John Moores University) (First Class Honours)

MA in Sociology & Social Policy (The University of Liverpool)

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

Teaching Certificate in Higher Education (Open University)

SEDA Accredited Teacher in Higher Education (SEDA)

Register of Practitioners, The Higher Education Academy

Associate Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Funeral Celebrants (HonFFC)

Associate Fellowship of the Critical Institute (AFCI)

United Kingdom Society of Celebrants Honorary Fellowship (UKSCHonF)

Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Fellow, The Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) (with IBG)

360 Leadership Coaching, (UCLan)

Fellow, The Royal Anthropological Institute (FRAI)

Equality and Diversity Essentials Programme (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Fellow, The Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH)

Member, The Regional Studies Association (MeRSA)

Fellow, The Society of Bereavement Practitioners (FSBP)

Fellow, The Royal Institution

Member, Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)

Member, Institute of Leadership and Management (MinstLM)

Fellow, The Institute of Administrative Management (FinstAM)

Fellow, Global Labor Organisation