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Ben Powis

Dr Ben Powis PhD

Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6016 ext. 6016 Room no. RM239

Biography

Dr Ben Powis is a lecturer in football studies. He holds a First Class honours degree in sport studies and a master's degree with distinction in sport and society from the University of Brighton. In 2017, Ben was awarded with a PhD, also from the University of Brighton, which examined the social experiences of elite visually impaired cricket players.

His research interests build upon this field of inquiry and include the sociology of disability sport, the embodied experiences of visually impaired people in sport and physical activity, and investigating the significance of sensuous sporting experiences. His ongoing research – which critiques the existing classification systems in visually impaired football and cricket – has received both online and national media attention.

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Further information

  1. Recent publications

    Ben has had a number of article published in journals. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Powis, B., (2018) ‘'Visual Impairment, Sport and Somatic Work: The Auditory Experiences of Blind and Partially Sighted Cricket Players.’ Senses and Society. (Forthcoming).

    Powis, B., (2018) ‘“We are playing for England, we wear the same shirt; just because I have a disability, it doesn't make me any different”: Empowerment, Eliteness and Visually Impaired Cricket.’ European Journal of Sport and Society. (Forthcoming).

    Powis, B., (2018) ‘Transformation, Advocacy and Voice in Disability Sport Research.’ in D. Burdsey, T. Carter, & M. Doidge Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices, Structures. London: Routledge. 

    Powis, B., (2018) ‘Soundscape elicitation and visually impaired cricket: Using auditory methodology in sport and physical activity research.’ Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (Online early) DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2018.1424648.

  2. Research interests

    Ben's research interests lie in the sociology of disability sport; the embodied experiences of visually impaired people in sport and physical activity; classification and visually impaired sport; and sensuous sporting experiences.
  3. Teaching experience

    Follow the link below to find out more about Ben's previous teaching experience.

    2014-2016:  Adjunct Instructor, Richmond American International University

    2013-2016: Lecturer (p/t), University of Brighton.

  4. Awards

    In 2017, Ben was the recipient of an honourable mention in the European Association for Sociology of Sport Young Researcher Award.
  5. Work in progress

    Ben is developing further research into the existing classification systems in visually impaired football and cricket with Dr Jess Macbeth, University of Central Lancashire.