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Ben Powis

Dr Ben Powis PhD

Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Dr Ben Powis is the Social Sciences Foundation Year course leader. 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 embodied 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. In 2020, his first monograph Embodiment, Identity and Disability Sport was published with Routledge. He has also published in a number of internationally renowned academic journals, such as Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (QRSEH), International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS) and The Senses and Society and is regular peer-review for, amongst others, QRSEH, IRSS and Sociology of Sport Journal.

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Teaching experience

2014-2016: Adjunct Instructor, Richmond American International University

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

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.

Recent publications

Powis, B & Velija, P (2020) 'Cricket has no boundaries with NatWest? The hyperreality of inclusion and diversity in English cricket', Sport in Society.

Powis, B (2020) Embodiment, Identity and Disability Sport: An Ethnography of Elite Visually Impaired Athletes. London, Routledge.

Powis, B & Macbeth, J (2019) '“We know who is a cheat and who is not. But what can you do?”: Athletes’ perspectives on classification in visually impaired sport', International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Powis, B., (2018) ‘Visual Impairment, Sport and Somatic Work: The Auditory Experiences of Blind and Partially Sighted Cricket Players.’ Senses and Society, vol. 15, no. 2.

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 for Sport and Society, vol. 13, no2.

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, vol. 11, no. 1.

Work in progress

Ben is currently researching the lived experiences of visually impaired runners during the Covid-19 pandemic, with Dr Jess Macbeth, University of Central Lancashire (UK). He is also working on an edited book 'Researching Disability Sport' with Dr James Brighton, Canterbury Christ Church University (UK) and Dr David Howe, Western University (Canada).


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