WORLD renowned gerontology expert Jason Powell has joined the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.
Professor Powell is a leading expert in Social Gerontology, and has published widely on all elements of his research, which includes ageing, social policy, global perspectives, capacity building in the third sector and loneliness in later life.
He has previously held visiting professorships as far afield as Jordan, North America, Australia, South Africa and Canada, and says that these roles will benefit his position at MMU.
He said: "I will be looking to engage MMU in international collaborations and research bids over the next few months.”
Professor Powell has taken up the role of Professor in Community Practice and Social Justice in the Social Work and Social Change department.
He said: “It is a real privilege for me to be here. I want to play a key part in researching social care and social justice issues and in building inter-disciplinary research teams which can be successful in bidding for research and knowledge exchange tenders.”
Professor Powell has also recently been named both as a visiting research professor at Oxford University and a visiting research scholar at Harvard University.
“To be invited to undertake these two amazing roles for such prestigious institutions is very humbling but exciting," he said.
He has also become editor-in-chief of the US-based international journal Illness, Crisis and Loss, and will be extending offers to colleagues to lead on special issues.
He said: “It was a real pleasure to be invited to serve as editor-in-chief of this incredible journal and to offer MMU staff the opportunity to take the lead as guest editors on any pertinent special issues of the journal.”
The journal will be based in the department and published quarterly.
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