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Interested to co-supervise students in the following areas: Arts Management (as both nonprofit and social enterprise) Stakeholder management in cultural activity Creative Industries Management Cultural Labour and the role of the artist Cultural Leadership Events and Festivals Children's/Youth Arts in policy

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Research Statement

Ali FitzGibbon has combined research in arts management with independent producing, programming and consultancy in the cultural sector since 2015She has nearly 30 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. In addition, she regularly undertakes advisory work on strategic management and leadership in the voluntary, social enterprise and community sectors. 

She is on the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy and has worked in an advisory capacity for a range of local authorities and public bodies in arts and cultural planning and policy. 

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 creative industries. Attention is directed towards diverse artists and also the implicit presence/absence of artists in public policy.

Research Interests

Arts management & cultural policy; cultural and creative industries management; stakeholders in cultural industries; cultural labour; performing arts; decision-making; ethics; nonprofit management and leadership; artists; 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 Convener 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.

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Research Output 2005 2019


Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts

FitzGibbon, A., 26 Nov 2018, In : Cultural Trends. 27, 5, p. 385-387 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Brace or Breakthrough Symposium Report

FitzGibbon, A., Apr 2016, Prime Cut Productions. 27 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Independent Review for Prime Cut Productions

FitzGibbon, A., Aug 2016, 40 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Activities 1997 2019

External Validation of MA Programme, De Montfort University

Ali FitzGibbon (Examiner)
01 Nov 201931 Mar 2020

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Brace or Breakthrough Symposium, Prime Cut Productions and the MAC, Belfast

Ali FitzGibbon (Meta-reviewer)
18 Nov 201919 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Strategic Development Advisory work for Outburst Queer Arts Festival

Ali FitzGibbon (Consultant)
Jul 2019Sep 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

Press / Media

Our cultural leaders have a choice about what they want to be: brokers or gatekeepers

Victoria Durrer & Alison FitzGibbon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Fair Trade is a model theatre should adopt

Ali FitzGibbon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Once more around the fishbowl … or maybe not

Ali FitzGibbon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment