Amy Quinn-Graham

Amy Quinn-Graham


I work as an Action Researcher for The Salvation Army UK & Ireland, having completed my Masters with Distinction in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the University of Sussex (UoS). Prior to completing this, I worked in international development, managing a gender-based violence prevention programme in partnership with UN Women. I frequently attended the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), supporting young women to contribute to international policy and advocate on issues that affected their lives. Complementing this internationally-focused work, I have a background in local domestic violence and abuse (DVA) provision, having developed prevention inititatives within the Children & Young People’s Service of a London-based domestic violence organisation.

Most recently, I have been working with the Coalition for Religious Equalities and Inclusive Development (CREID) at IDS, supporting activists from religious minority backgrounds in Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria to run participatory research with their communities exploring the unique vulnerabilities facing religious minority women as their gender and religious identities intersect.

Research interests

With a background in gender and gender-based violence, my research interests lie in the intersections of gender, Christianity and violence, specifically domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and the Churches’ role in its prevention.

My PhD research seeks to establish how well-placed The Salvation Army UK & Ireland is to respond to DVA within a broader violence against women and girls (VAWG) framework, and what that response should look like as led by victims and survivors of DVA. The research will be cross-disciplinary, exploring the intersection of (practical) theologies around gender, power and violence with sociological conceptualisations of DVA and organisational theories of the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in working on issues of social justice. It will shed light on how FBOs approach social justice issues such as DVA, especially when this work takes place within and across the ‘social work’ realm (contracted services) and the ‘religious’ realm (churches).

Therefore, my research interests include:

  • Gender, sexuality and religion
  • Gender-based violence
  • Faith-based organisations
  • Feminist theologies
  • Freedom of religion and belief

Other research includes:


  • MA Gender and Development - Distinction
  • BA (Hons) Acting - 2:1