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Dr Ben Powis

Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Ben Powis


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.

Further information

2014-2016: Adjunct Instructor, Richmond American International University

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

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Sociology

Sociology – or the study of human society – asks difficult questions about the everyday. As a sociology student here at Solent, you’ll develop an understanding of your own...

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology is a contemporary and exciting course which combines the disciplines of sociology and criminology. You’ll develop advanced knowledge, skills...

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

This is a contemporary and exciting course which combines the disciplines of sociology and psychology for students to develop the knowledge, application and skills to...