Mary Fitzgerald is a researcher specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. After arriving in Benghazi days after anti-Gaddafi protests erupted there in February 2011, she spent several months in Libya reporting on the uprising that followed. She has worked on Libya since then, lived there throughout 2014, and now makes frequent research trips to the country.
She has conducted research on Libya for the International Crisis Group (ICG), the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMED) and the European University Institute (EUI) among others. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Chatham House’s The World Today, IRIN, the Guardian and Monocle. She is a contributing author to an edited volume on the Libyan revolution and its aftermath published in 2015 by Hurst/Oxford University Press.
You can read more about the book and order it here: The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath
Mary is a frequent contributor to international broadcast media including the BBC (she has contributed to BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent) NPR, and RFI. She has worked on a number of award-winning radio documentaries for the BBC, one of which – on post-conflict Northern Ireland – won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award.
She has given talks and participated in panel discussions on Libya at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, UCLA, Chatham House, Carnegie, Milan’s ISPI and many other institutions in Europe and the US.
Mary began her career reporting on post-conflict Northern Ireland. Since then she has worked across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She spent seven years as a roving foreign correspondent for the Irish Times, reporting from more than 40 countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Mali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Burma. She has also reported on conflict and post-conflict dynamics in Darfur, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Chad, Iraq, Bosnia, Palestine/Israel, Kosovo and Spain’s Basque region. She lives in Marseille in the south of France.