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About Prof Jason Powell

Professor Jason Powell PhD, FHEA, FRSA, FRSPH is the strategic lead for QR, research development and enhancement in Department of Social and Political Science at The University of Chester. He has research interests in ageing, social justice, social policy, leadership, comparative approaches, crime and social theory. He currently teaches on the Criminology programme.

Professor Powell is the current Department of Social and Political Science’s 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. 

Professor Powell has strong leadership and management experience of Higher Education. Previously, at various HEIs, he is a four-time Full Professor and four-time Associate Dean of Faculty. Formerly, he was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and Professor of Social Gerontology at Coventry University. Previously, he was Professor of Community Practice and Social Justice and Head of Social Care Research at Manchester Metropolitan University; Professor of Community Leadership, appointed Head of Social Sciences and Founding Director of Knowledge Exchange Unit on Sustainable Communities at University of Central Lancashire that built a portfolio of strong networks that were upgraded to strategic partnerships for funding, ie, successful HEIF opportunities and Innovation Vouchers focusing on business and community enhancement.

Formerly, he was Associate Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Acting Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts and Associate Dean of Faculty of Social and Environmental Sciences at The University of Liverpool. He also held roles as Founding Executive Director of Knowledge Exchange Unit and Reader 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.

Over a 17 year period, these senior leadership and management roles have given Prof Powell important opportunities to line manage and develop the confidence and well-being of staff to widen the nexus of opportunities of teaching, research and knowledge transfer. Prof Powell also strongly believes ‘good leaders build good leaders’. He has consistently collaborated with early career research and mid career staff in order to motivate and provide a step chance in cultural reconfigurations of Departments and Faculties relating to research and knowledge exchange.

In terms of his international portfolio, he has cultivated strong international relationships illustrating strong esteem indicators. For example, Prof Powell holds an Honorary Professorship at Australia-Asia Research and Education Foundation at University of Tasmania in Australasia; an Adjunct Professorship at McMaster University in Canada; an Honorary Professorship at Guangdong Technology University in China; and an Honorary Professorship in Centre for Education, Social and Humanitarian Studies. Prof Powell also holds a prestigious Honorary Fellowship at The University of Liverpool. He is also Honorary international Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University in China (China’s top ranked university). He has been a Visiting Professor in EU, US, Canada, South Africa, Jordan and Australia. Previously, he a Visiting Scholar at The Harvard Medical School and invited as Visiting Research Fellow at University of Oxford. Recently, he was nominated and elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in recognition of his research on ageing and attained Fellowship of the Royal Society of Public Health in recognition of his work on ageing, governance and public health. He also holds a Fellowship of The Higher Education Academy.

Prof 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, Prof 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. 
Prof Powell has also created very strong relationships with SMEs, community organisations and businesses through creation of social networks both nationally and globally. His next development focuses on what constitutes effective integrated research-knowledge transfer? He is looking to explore the notion of 'diagnostic surgeries' were personalised packages of research led knowledge exchange can be created in negotiation through surgeries with external organisations representing diverse sectors. This is part of his strategic development for transdisciplinary partnerships at the University of Chester.

Public Engagement


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 totalling almost GBP 5 million. For example, working in applied research and 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 a few hundred publications, as well as a substantial number of books and monographs including: Social Theory and Aging (part of 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).

Prof Powell has also published in top ranked peer reviewed international journals across the world such as 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" for an article on risk and old age in International Journal of Sociology & Social PolicyThe Journal of Applied Gerontology had a special edition of its journal on his international contribution to professional power and ageing. 

Professor Powell is also Editor-in-Chief of US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis and Loss for Sage publishers in California. Prof Powell is also Series Editor of (i) International Ageing 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 Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Qualitative Social Work and Journal of Applied Gerontology.

He has also supervised many PhD students to successful completion and has been PhD examiner on 19 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 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