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Dr Ben Powis

Course Leader

Department of Social Sciences and Nursing

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

An exciting subject, sociology challenges the world in which we live, including politics, media and social inequality. Get practical experience to work in public and private sectors.

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

This degree helps you develop critical perspectives on social behaviours, exploring justice, crime and inequality, to prepare you for a successful career and make a meaningful contribution to society.

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Sociology

Explore the fascinating behaviours of individuals, as well as the cultural and political issues that shape collective experiences, on this BPS accredited degree.