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Professor Jason Powell.

Professor Jason Powell will deliver his inaugural professorial lecture, entitled ‘Ageing is not what you think! The importance of a social science approach’, on Thursday, June 13, at 6.30pm. It takes place in the Beswick Building Lecture Theatre, on the University’s Parkgate Road Campus.

Professor Powell said: “This professorial talk will explore my research journey of how ageing and ambivalent attitudes and practices towards older people have been constructed across time and space. I will consider how both 'old age' and 'ageing populations' have been managed by policy makers, helping professions and academic disciplines. It is only in very recent years that ageing and social science approaches in particular have enriched a more critical yet inspired understanding of what it actually means to be an older person in relation to health and welfare issues.

“Drawing from my own critical research, my talk will deconstruct how 'ageing is not a disease' and a 'disease is not ageing' and tease out important challenges and opportunities of social welfare provision for older people in the UK.”

Professor Powell holds a personal Chair in Social Gerontology (the study of the social aspects of getting old) and Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Science at the University. He also teaches on the Criminology programme and supervises doctoral students.

He has 25 years’ experience of senior leadership and management in Higher Education. He has also been awarded many professional fellowships, memberships and qualifications in leadership and management. He holds five honorary Professorships and eight visiting Professorships globally in recognition of his research on ageing. He has also held 14 Fellowships at top ranked universities, including Oxford and Harvard. His full profile is available online.

Tea and coffee will be served before the lecture and a complimentary drink will be available afterwards. Tickets are free but must be booked by emailing events@chester.ac.uk ​

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