Dr. Ravi Gokani

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8010ext. 8575
Office Location: 
RC 3005
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: 

2021/2022 Teaching: 
SOWK1100-ADE  Introduction to Social Welfare; 
SOWK1100-YDE Introduction to Social Welfare;
SOWK5214-WC/O Social Justice & Social Work

Graduate Students Under Supervision 

Brooklyn Wilson, Untitled, (2021-2022)
Mackenzie Street, Ambiguity of Faith and Reason: Individual Accounts of Christian Physicians' Support for MAiD (2020-2022)
Breanna Sweers, Spirituality and Substance Use: Indigenous Healing in Northern Ontario (2019-2021)
Nyree Kakeeway, Untitled, (2019-2022)



Research Interests: 


Project 1: Evangelism and service provision in evangelical faith-based organizations: Understanding competing mandates 

This is a SSHRC IDG-funded (2020-2022) study on understanding how evangelical faith-based organizations manage two potentially competing mandates - the first to serve the most vulnerable populations and the second to bring followers into the fold of evangelical Christianity. This is a continuation of a line of inquiry I started during my doctoral research (see Gokani, 2021; Gokani & Caragata, 2020; 2021 below). 

Project 2: Why Are So Many of Thunder Bay’s Homeless from Other Provinces? An Interdisciplinary, Mixed-Methods Study to Understand the Present and Predict the Future Using Simulation Models

This is a SSHRC PEG-funded (2021-2022) study in partnership with the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board and Dr. Schiff (Health Sciences), Dr. Mago (Computer Science), and Dr. Hay (History). The project takes place against a startling fact: that about 2/3 of Thunder Bay's homeless population are from out of province. Together we aim to understand why so many people leave their home provinces, why they come to Thunder Bay, why they stay, and what factors predict if they stay and for how long.  



Gokani, R., Thibault, J., & Sweers, B. (forthcoming). Insights into the human face of basic income: experiences with the Ontario Basic Income Pilot in Thunder Bay, Canada.

Gokani, R. (2021). Client transformation: spiritual and non-spiritual outcomes in clients of evangelical faith-based organizations. Religions

Gokani, R. & Caragata, L. (2021). Non-violent evangelism: A look at how members of Evangelical faith-based organisations share faith with service recipients 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.(2021). Epistemology and arts-based pedagogy: Insights from an autoethnographic case study. 

Gokani, R. & Caragata, L. (2020). 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. 

Gokani, R. & Smith, S. J. (2020). Preliminary insights into a pragmatic approach to religion in social work in clinical and community settings. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work.

Akesson, B., Bogossian, A., Gokani, R. (2020). A model of paternal protection in the context of political violence. International Social Work.



Coverage from CBC on the project on basic income in Thunder Bay: 


Coverage from TBNewswatch on the basic income (February, 2021)




To access the brochure for the study on basic income in Thunder Bay, please click here.