Dr. Ravi Gokani

Assistant Professor

Office Hours: 
By appointment
Academic Qualifications: 

          Ph.D., Social Work, 2018
          M.A., Community Psychology, 2012
          B.A., Philosophy and Social Psychology, 2007

Date joined Lakehead: 
Previous Teaching/Work: 

2018/2019 Teaching

          SOWK1100-YA Introduction to Social Welfare
          SOWK4405-YA Research Methods in Social Work

2019/2020 Teaching

          SOWK1100-AA  Introduction to Social Welfare
          SOWK1100-YA  Introduction to Social Welfare
          SOWK5214-WC/O  Religion and Social Work

Graduate Supervision

I currently supervise two MSW students. If you are interested in me supervising your graduate thesis, please make an appointment with me to discuss it, earlier than later. 

Research Interests: 

Primary Research Interests

My primary research interests are the intersections of religion with social work, social welfare, and social policy (Gokani, 2018; Gokani & Smith, in press; Gokani & Caragata, under review). 

Secondary Research Interests

I have four secondary research interests: 

(1) international social work (Bogossian, Akesson, & Gokani, 2018; Gokani, Akesson, & Bogossian, 2016);
(2) social work education (Karki, Chi, Gokani, Grosset, Vasic, & Kumsa, 2018; Cait, Gokani, Ewan, Moasun,                Razbani-Tehrani, Scarborough, Smith, & Woodstock, under review);
(3) theory (Gokani & Walsh, 2017; Walsh & Gokani, 2014); and 
(4) basic income.  

Research Projects

I currently have two projects at the intersection of religion and social welfare and one on basic income.

Project 1 is focused on understanding the integration of faith and service in faith-based organisations, which serve a critical role in service provision. The research is focus on organisations that work in Thunder Bay. 

Project 2 is focused on understanding experiences of sexual assault among members of the Christian community in Southern Ontario. 

Project 3 is focused on understanding the viewpoints of the citizens of Thunder Bay on the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, which was run by the Wynne Liberals and cancelled by the Ford Conservatives in 2019. Here I'm interviewing (a) former recipients; (b) community workers and advocates; and (c) citizens, either in favour of or opposed to a basic income.

Research Group: Religion and The Social (RaS)

I have the privilege of working on these projects with several students, both undergraduate and graduate. If you are a student and interested in learning more about these projects or this area of work generally, or you are interested in getting some research experience, please email me. 

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

Gokani, R. & Caragata, L. (under review). A life-saving issue: The Great Commission as institutional policy in evangelical faith-based organisations in Southern Ontario, Canada. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work. 

Cait, C., Gokani, R., Ewan, R.A., Moasun, F., Razbani-Tehrani, A., Scarborough, J., Smith, S. J., & Woodstock, J.(under review). Epistemology and arts-based pedagogy: Insights from an autoethnographic case study.

Gokani, R. & Smith, S. J. (in press). Preliminary insights into a pragmatic approach to religion in social work in clinical and community settings. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work.

Karki, K. K., Chi, M., Gokani, R, Grosset, C., Vasic, J. & Kumsa, M. K. (2018). Entering precarious job markets in the era of austerity measures: The perceptions of MSW students. Critical and Radical Social Work

Akesson, B., Bogossian, A., Gokani, R. (2018). A model of paternal protection in the context of political violence. International Social Work.

Gokani, R. & Walsh, R. T. G. (2017). On the historical and conceptual foundations of a community psychology of social transformation. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59, 284-294.

Gokani, R., Bogossian, A., & Akesson, B. (2015). Occupying masculinity: Fathering in the  Palestinian Territories. NORMA: International Journal of Masculinity Studies, 10(3-4), 203-218.

Walsh, R. T. G. & Gokani, R. (2014). Personal and political economy of psychologists’ desires for social justice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34(1), 41-55.

Riemer, M. & Gokani, R. (2012). Advancing positive social change. The Community Psychologist, 45(4), 32-33.

Gokani, R. (2011). Marxian currents in Latin- and North-American Community Psychology. Annual Review of Critical Psychology, 9, 110 – 117.

          ¹ This denotes my doctoral dissertations. Manuscripts from this work are currently in

In the Media

Here is an interview on Superior Morning with Lisa Laco on the basic income research: 


My Favourite Reads of 2018

Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
Fear by Bob Woodward

My Favourite Reads of 2019

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
The Age of Responsibility by Yascha Mounk
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Thinking: Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann