Ali is currently working as a Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries Management at Queen’s University Belfast. Starting in January 2019, she became Subject Lead and the Convenor of the MA in Arts Management in November 2019. You can see more about her current research interests and PhD supervision interests in her profile on the QUB website.

A summary of her doctoral research, The Artist in the Room: An investigation of the independent artist as stakeholder in the decision-making of subsidised theatre in the UK will be released in 2020. She completed her PhD between 2015 and 2018, graduating in 2019.

Ali is a member of the Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, with specific responsibility for the new section introduced in 2018, Perspectives in Practice. Additionally, she is a member of the Cultural Policy Observatory of Ireland and is on the advisory committee for the The Art of Reconciliation, an AHRC-funded project between Queen’s University Belfast, University of Liverpool and Ulster University, exploring the impact and modes of measurement of arts-based reconciliation projects and associated funding schemes.


FitzGibbon, A., (2019) ‘Imposed leadership in UK funded theatre and the implications for risk’, Journal of Cultural Management: Arts, Economics, Policy (Fachverband Kulturmanagement), 5 (1), pp.15 – 42

FitzGibbon, A., (2018) Book Review: Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts by Josephine Caust. Cultural Trends