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Ali is currently working as a Senior 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 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2021. She is a member of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics & Organisation. You can see more about her current research interests and PhD supervision interests in her profile on the QUB website.

Ali began teaching at Queen’s University Belfast in the first year of the MA programme in 2012. She completed her PhD between 2015 and 2018, graduating in 2019. Her doctoral thesis was shortlisted for the ENCATC Research Award 2021.

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.

Current Research Projects

Freelancers in the Dark: The Economic, Social, and Cultural impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Independent Arts Workers in the United Kingdom (ESRC 2020 – 2022)

Future Screens NI: part of the Creative Industries Cluster Programme (AHRC 2017 – 2023)

Ali was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA/Queen’s Merit Award) in 2019

Publications (Articles, Chapters & Long Reads)

FitzGibbon, A. and Tsioulakis, I. (2022) ‘Making it up: Adaptive approaches to bringing freelance cultural work to a cultural ecologies discourse’European Urban and Regional Studies. doi: 10.1177/09697764221095758. OPEN ACCESS

FitzGibbon, A., (2021). Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Qualitative and Digital Research in Times of Crisis: Methods, Reflexivity, and Ethics, p.17-49.

FitzGibbon, A., (2021). PERSPECTIVES IN PRACTICE: Artist-led ensembles–an interview with Conor Mitchell, founder of The Belfast Ensemble. Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy8(2020-21), pp.118-132. OPEN ACCESS

FitzGibbon, A., (2021). Non‐profit theatre managers as multi‐stakeholder managers: The plate‐spinning of accountability. Financial Accountability & Management37(4), pp.440-459. OPEN ACCESS

Tsioulakis, I. and FitzGibbon, A. (2020). Performing Artists in the age of COVID-19: A moment of urgent action and potential change. Queen’s Policy Engagement online publication, Queen’s University Belfast (available at: retrieved 25/06/2020). OPEN ACCESS

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

Book Reviews

FitzGibbon, A., (2021). Artists’ Voices in Cultural Policy: Careers, Myths and the Creative Profession after German Unification, by Simone Wesner. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 197 pp., $116, ISBN: 978-3-319-76057-5. Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, 51(2), pp.152-154.

FitzGibbon, A., (2020). Book Review: Persistent Creativity: Making the Case for Art, Culture and Creativity by Peter Campbell. Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Volume 7 (2019-2020).

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