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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. 

In his career at various institutions, as an experienced strategic leader, he has managed 4 Faculties, 31 Departments/Schools, 24 Subjects/10 Research Centres/1 Professoriate.


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).

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