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Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald obtained a Commerce degree from Queen's University, Canada; a Politics degree from Queen's University, Canada; a Masters of Arts (War Studies) from the Royal Military College of Canada; and a PhD from Cranfield University.

Ann has worked in the financial sector, for the Canadian Government (both in the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and NATO Headquarters, Brussels) and the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels. Following the completion of her PhD, she worked for King's College, London University before taking up a post in Cranfield University's Department of Management and Security.

Current activities

Ann Fitz-Gerald serves as Course Director for the MSc Security Sector Management programme both in the UK and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  She teaches 'Issues in International Conflict, Security and Development' and 'Strategic Planning for Security and Development'.  Based on Ann's academic qualifications and professional experience, she brings both a political science and management science 'lens' to the study of contemporary security challenges.  Ann's research interests include issues in peacebuilding, the development of national security strategies, and the reform of national security sectors.


  •     United Nations,
  •     Department for International Development (UK)
  •     UK Government (MOD, FCO, Stabilisation Unit)
  •     US Institute for Peace
  •     Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  •     African Union High-Level Implementation Panel
  •     Government of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Safety Canada).


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Egginton B & Fitz-Gerald A (2012) Learning from the East African Experience: PROFIDE - a model for improved program delivery. In: PMI Research and Education Conference, Limerick, 15 July 2012.
  • Neal DJ & Fitz-Gerald AM Humanitarian Aid and the role of the NGO. In: SEMS Conference, Surrey University.


  • MacPhee PJ, Fitz-Gerald & AM (2017) Chapter 11: promoting peace and stability through exported postgraduate education in Ethiopia. In: Higher Education in Africa: Challenges for development, Mobility and Cooperation, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, p. 236-257.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (2013) South Sudan. In: Responding to Conflict in Africa: The United Nations and Regional Organizations. Boulden J (ed.), Palgrave-MacMillan, p. 307-326, ed. 2nd.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (2012) The centrality of development in security intervention. In: Back to roots: security sector reform and development. Schnabel, A and Farr, V (ed.), Berlin: Lit Verlag, p. 293-317, ed. 1st.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (2012) Stabilization operations in Afghanistan and in the future: the need for a strategic Canadian approach. In: Canada's national security in the post-9/11 World. McDonough, DS (ed.), Canada: University of Toronto Press, p. 324-339, ed. 1st.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (2010) Post-conflict security sector reform and stabilisation operations: strange bedfellows or close allies. In: The Future of security sector reform. Sedra, M (ed.), Canada: Centre for International Governance Innovation, p. 154-168.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (2009) Examining the linkages between national security frameworks and security sector reform (SSR): the need for ‘value-based’ strategic planning. In: Strategizing resilience and reducing vulnerability. Trim, P and Caravelli, J (ed.), USA: Nova Science Publishers Inc, p. 15-28, ed. 1st.
  • Pearce H, Fitz-Gerald A (eds), (2006) From Conflict to Community: a Combatant's Return to Citizenship.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (eds), (2005) From conflict to community a combatant's return to citizenship, Shrivenham: Cranfield University: Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform [GFN-SSR].
  • Neal DJ & Fitz-Gerald AM (2004) A Strategic Management Framework for Improved Aid Delivery. In: New Missions, Old Problems, McGill-Queen's University Press, p. 47-67.
  • Fitz-Gerald A (2004) Security sector reform in Sierra Leone. Shrivenham: Cranfield University: Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform [GFN-SSR].
  • Fitz-Gerald AM, Lala A (eds), (2004) Networking the networks supporting regional peace and security agendas in Africa, Shrivenham: Cranfield University: Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform [GFN-SSR].