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Ali's research focuses on decision-making and the ethics and ecologies of contemporary cultural production. particularly performing arts and freelancers/artists. Her doctoral research on the artist as stakeholder was shortlisted for the 2020 ENCATC Research Award.
She has 25+ years of experience in the international arts and cultural sector and a substantial portfolio of experience working as a programmer and producer at community, national and international level in theatre, festivals, outdoor and youth arts. She has worked regularly in policy advisory work and consultancy on concerns of equality, sustainability, leadership, creative development and planning in the arts and cultural sector. She has also engaged in advisory work with voluntary, social enterprise and community sectors.
Editorial Board member: Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy
Co-Investigator: Freelancers in the Dark
Co-Investigator: Future Screens NI part of the UK Creative Industries Clusters Programme.
Ali's research has been focused on the field of management and leadership in the cultural and creative industries in the UK, examining the influence of public policy and public management on cultural sector behaviour, particularly in relation to cultural labour and the role of artists. She is currently developing three strands of research.
The first is the exploration of engaged and inter/transdisciplinary research and what it means in the study of arts and creative industries management. The second is looking at connections between non-profit management research and theory and arts and creative industries management, in particular considering the ethics of the cultural and creative industries. Her final interest is a continuation of her research since 2015 on artists as stakeholders in industry and policy decision-making. This examines the role, status, value and influence of artists and artistic practice within the arts and cultural industries. Attention is directed towards diverse artists and also the implicit presence/absence of artists in public policy.
Cultural Labour (precarity, inequality) and the role of the artist; Ethics, stakeholder management and organisational decision-making in arts and cultural industries management; arts & CCI management studies (non-profit and social enterprise); Cultural leadership; themes of cultural policy-making with specific reference to festivals, youth arts & role of the artist; inter/transdisciplinarity
Ali has been a lecturer on the MA in Arts Management at Queen’s University Belfast since its inception in 2012, joining the School as a fulltime staff member in 2019 and assuming the role of MA Convenor in November 2019.
Her contribution spans teaching and convening a number of elements of the MA in Arts Management specific to leadership, management, strategic and business planning, business models and operational management. In addition, she contributes to teaching in audience engagement and is responsible for the programme's professional development/placement component. Her undergraduate teaching includes an interdisciplinary module: Introduction to Arts Management and contributions to professional development programmes for final year AEL undergraduate students.
Ali has also been a Guest Lecturer for the MA in Festive Arts at University of Limerick.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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22/06/2020 → 31/12/2020
Freelancers in the Dark: The Economic, Cultural, and Social Impact of Covid-19 on UK Theatre Workers Final ReportMaples, H., Klich, R., Edelman, J., Taroff, K., FitzGibbon, A., Rowson, J., Harris, L. & Young, A., 27 May 2022
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen AccessFile53 Downloads (Pure)
Making it up: Adaptive approaches to bringing freelance cultural work to a cultural ecologies discourseFitzGibbon, A. & Tsioulakis, I., Oct 2022, In: European Urban and Regional Studies. 29, 4, p. 461-478 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile26 Downloads (Pure)
FitzGibbon, A., Price, J., Hall, J. & Reekie, T., 13 Sep 2022
Research output: Book/Report › Other reportOpen Access
FitzGibbon, A., 01 Oct 2022, (Accepted) In: Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Book Review of: Artists’ Voices in Cultural Policy: Careers, Myths and the Creative Profession after German Unification, by Simone WesnerFitzGibbon, A., 02 Feb 2021, (Early online date) In: The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review
FitzGibbon, Ali (Recipient), 1998
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Ali FitzGibbon (Examiner)01 Apr 2022 → 01 Oct 2022
Activity: Other activity types › Other
Press / Media
Ali FitzGibbon, Joshua Edelman, Laura Harris & Holly Maples
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#TheReset: Sheer fluidity of technological change means our cultural industries should be more central than ever
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Expert Comment
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Press/Media: Expert Comment
The artist in the room: An investigation of the independent artist as stakeholder in the decision-making of subsidised theatre in the UKAuthor: FitzGibbon, A., Dec 2019
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of PhilosophyFile