Dr Alun Wyburn-Powell is a political historian, whose first degree was from Downing College, Cambridge. Alun received his PhD from the University of Leicester for his research into political defections. His interest in politics is almost life-long: his father stood for Parliament when he was two. Dr Wyburn-Powell is particularly interested in coalition governments, political defections and Liberal history.
Dr Wyburn-Powell's first book was Clement Davies - Liberal Leader (Politico's, 2003). Clem Davies was leader of the Liberal Party from 1945 to 1956, during the party's darkest years. Alun's latest book is Defectors and the Liberal Party 1910 to 2010, published by Manchester University Press. He is currently researching a biography of William Wedgwood Benn, First Viscount Stansgate, father of Tony Benn.
Dr Wyburn-Powell has discussed his research in the media on BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, Colourful Radio and BBC Radio Leicester among others, and has also carried out consultancy assignments for the Cabinet Office, Welsh Office, Diocese of Leicester, Channel Tunnel and Scottish Development Agency.
At City, Dr Wyburn-Powell teaches the Politics and Current Affairs and Political Scandals undergraduate modules and has contributed to the MA programme. He is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Leicester, where he is a member of the Panel of Election Experts.