Dr. Bharati Sethi

Dr. Bharati Sethi

Assistant Professor

Office: FB113
Phone: 4553
Email: bsethi3@uwo.ca

Bharati utilizes participatory action research, arts-based methodologies, and intersectionality in her writing and research to highlight social determinants of health in immigrant and refugees’ lives and capture its relevance to social justice.  She teaches in the areas of community practice, policy, and transnationalism.  Drawing on evidence-based research, field stories, and her own lived experiences she emphasizes the importance of bridging the micro-macro social work practice to serve the most vulnerable segments of the population. Bharati supervises students from diverse universities and disciplines to help them explore areas of interest in depth, expose them to different research methods, and develop skills in a scholarly area that may be useful in the future to pursue an academic career or another career path.

She is a co-investigator (and lead for London) in three SSHRC funded multi-site community-based research projects (2015 -2019) totalling $450,000 impacting immigrant/refugee adaptation in Canada. She is also a co-investigator (and the lead for Transnational caregiving project and London) in a multi-site and multi-project SSHRC/CIHR funded $1.5 million partnership grant (2018-2022) totalling to create Carer-Inclusive workplaces. Her research has earned her several prestigious communities and academic awards.

Education

Post-doctoral Fellow

McMaster University, School of Geography & Earth Sciences (SGES), Hamilton, ON

Post-doctoral Fellow

College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States

Doctor of Philosophy

Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work, Kitchener, ON, 2014

Master of Social Work

Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work, Kitchener, ON, 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Psychology, Brantford, ON, 2007

Selected Academic and Community Awards and Honours

Student Recognition for Excellence in Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Award - Kings College

Anne Westhues Teaching Award and Scholarship - Wilfrid Laurier University

Governor General Award for the Highest Academic Standing in the University, - Wilfrid Laurier University

The ‘Face of London,’ I am London 150 Campaign - City of London

Community Diversity and Inclusion Champion - City of London

Newcomer Champion Award -Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Education Champions Award - City of Brantford

Citizens award- Office of Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP)

100 Alumni of Achievement Award - Wilfrid Laurier University

Vanier Canada Graduate Award - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research (TUTOR) - Canadian Institute of Health Research, CIHR Strategic Training Fellow

Ontario Women's Health Scholar Award - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Graduate Student Associations Award of Distinction - Wilfrid Laurier University

Shankar Yuleja Award for Multiculturalism - Wilfrid Laurier University

Nominated, “Top 25 Immigrants in Canada” - Canadian Immigrant Magazine in partnership with RBC Royal Bank

Research

Bharati is currently working with the principal investigators, other academics, and community partners in these multi-site community-based participatory research projects

Informing the Standard’s Cultural Competency: Caregiving Experiences of Immigrants and Indigenous Caregiving- Employees.

Building on the numerous axis of diversity, including gender and sexuality, in making the CFW Standard as inclusive and accommodating as possible, this research project will explore on the experience of immigrant (Visible Minorities, Indigenous, and European) Caregiver- Employees (CEs).  Using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), we will explore the experience of immigrant and indigenous CEs, who are: (1) working in paid employment; (2) providing informal caregiving within the Canadian context, and/or; (3) engaging in transnational caregiving outside of Canada’s borders.

Aging Well: Partnering to optimize social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario

The primary goal is to create a multidisciplinary, cross-sector partnership in order to: clarify the social needs, networks, and supports of older immigrants in Ontario; and identify which factors affect their access to and use of informal and formal social supports, the gaps between service needs and provision, and how these shape their capacity, resilience, and independence.

Emerging Voices

The overall goal of our project is to determine whether, and how, Canada’s refugee (re)settlement system (specifically, its three sponsorship models) could/should be improved. The specific objectives are to 1) establish collaborative, interdisciplinary research networks and partnerships related to Syrian refugee (re)settlement; 2) exchange and mobilize the knowledge of key stakeholders involved in each of the three sponsorship models of sponsorship in the Syrian refugee (re)settlement process; 3) identify ‘best practices’ for Canada’s refugee (re)settlement system; 4) explore the transferable nature of the knowledge gained to other newcomer refugee communities and crisis situations and settings; and 5) disseminate key findings from the project

Selected Publications

Papers in refereed journals

Guruge, S., Sidani, S., Wang, L., Sethi, B., Spitzer, D., Walton-Roberts, M., & Hyman, I. (2019).  Understanding social network and support for older immigrants in Ontario, Canada: A multi-methods study protocol. Journal of Medical Internet Research. Accepted December 2018.

Maynard, K., Ilagan, C., Sethi, B. & Williams, A. (2018) Gender-Based Analysis of Caregiver-Employee Men: An International Scoping Review. International Journal of Care and Caring, 2(1), 27-48. doi: https://doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15187914567891

Thomas, K. & Sethi, B. (2018). A Systematic Review of Refugee Integration in Canada. International Journal of Science and Methodology, 9(4), 90-105. Available at http://ijsrm.humanjournals.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/9.Kelsey-Thomas-Bharati-Sethi.pdf

Sethi, B., Williams, A., Desjardins, E., Zhu, H., & Shen, E. (2018). Family conflict and future concerns: opportunities for social workers to better support Chinese immigrant caregiver-employees. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(4). 375-392. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2017.1419395.

Sethi, B. (2018). Between Then and Now: My coming, being, and staying in urban/rural Canada, Narratives of Professional Helping, 23 (1), 42-51. To link this article: http://www.reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/issue/current

Sethi, B. & Williams, A. (2017).Working Multiple Shifts: Intersecting dynamics of gender, employment status, and immigrant status in the experiences of Immigrant Caregiver-Employees in Urban-Rural Canada, Frontiers in Women’s Health, 2(1), 1-9. doi: 10.15761/FWH.100012

Sethi, B. (2017). Unmasking Racism. Studies in Social Justice, 11(2), 333-337

Ratković, S., & Sethi, B. (2017). Visuals and poetry in migration research. Refugee Review, 3, 213-218. Accessible at https://espminetwork.com/refugee-review-volume-.Accompanied with a multimedia piece. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ag72-xzuwM

Sethi, B., Wiliams, A. & Ireson, R. (2017). Supporting Caregiver Employees: Managers Perspectives in Canada.  International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 10 (1), 25-41

Giesbrecht, M., Williams, A. Duggleby, W. Sethi, B. Ploeg, J. & Markle-Reid, M. . (2017). Feelings of Distance and Proximity:  Exploring the emotional geographies of men caregiving for family members with multiple chronic conditions, Social and Cultural geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2017.1347957. To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2017.1347957

Sethi, B., Williams, A., Zhu, Hanzhuang, Shen, E., & Ireson, R. (2017).  Father is the Sky. Mother is the Earth: The Influence of Filial Piety in the Caregiving Experiences of Mandarin-speaking Chinese Caregiver- Employees in Southern Ontario, Canada, Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 14(2), 53-62

Peacock, S., Sethi, B.,  Williams, A.,  Duggleby, W., Bayly, M., Swindle, J., Ploeg, J. & Markle-Reid, M. (2017).  Older Adult Spouses with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Challenges, Rewards, and Coping Strategies, Canadian Journal on Aging, 1-14, doi:10.1017/S0714980817000095

Sethi, B. (2016 ). Healing through group work. Social Work with Groups, DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2015.1065387

Sethi, B. (2016). Using the Eye of the Camera to Bare Racism: A Photovoice Project. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work,  In 28 (4), 1-12

Sethi, B. & Williams, A. (2016). Microaggressions of caregiver employees: What has social work got to do with it? Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 13 (5), 365-371

Sethi, B. (2016). Health Experiences of Immigrant Visible Minority Women: A Literature Review. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 1-12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23761407.2015.1089205

Ahmadzai, M., Stewart, C. C, Sethi, B. (2016). A Study on Visible Minority Immigrant Women’s Experiences with Domestic Violence, Open Journal of Social Sciences, 4, 269-286

Ireson, R., Sethi, B. & Williams, A. (2016). Availability of Caregiver Friendly Workplace Policies (CFWPs): An International Scoping Review. Health & Social Care in the Community,  1-14. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12347

Williams, A., Sethi, B., Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M.,  Peacock, S., &  Ghosh., S. (2016).  A Canadian Qualitative Study Exploring the Diversity of the Experience of Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions Using a Social Location Perspective. International Journal for Equity in Health. 15(40), 1-16. doi: 10.1186/s12939-016-0328-6

Sethi, B. & Williams, A. (2015). Employment Experiences of Visible Minority Immigrant Women: A Literature Review. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. 1, 134-143

Sethi, B. & Wilson-Forsberg, S. (2015).  The Volunteering Dogma and Canadian Work Experience: Do Recent Immigrants Volunteer Voluntarily? Canadian Ethnic Studies, 47 (3), 91-110

Sethi, B. (2013). Service Delivery on Rusty Health Care Wheels: Implication for Visible Minority Women. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 10 (5), 522- 532. doi: 10.1080/15433714.2012.760986

Sethi, B. (2013). Education and Employment Training Supports for Newcomers to Canada’s Middle-sized Urban/Rural Regions: Implications for Social Work Practice, Journal of Social Work, 0(0), 1-24. doi: 10.1177/1468017313504795

Sethi, B. (2013). Service Delivery on Rusty Health Care Wheels: Implication for Visible Minority Women. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 10 (5), 522- 532. doi: 10.1080/15433714.2012.760986

Sethi, B. (2013). Education and Employment Training Supports for Newcomers to Canada’s Middle-sized Urban/Rural Regions: Implications for Social Work Practice, Journal of Social Work, 0(0), 1-24. doi: 10.1177/1468017313504795

Sethi, B. (2013). Newcomer Resettlement in a Globalized World: The Role of Social Workers in Building Inclusive Societies, Critical Social Work, 14 (1), 81-100. Retrieved from http://www1.uwindsor.ca/criticalsocialwork/system/files/Sethi_0.pdf

Sethi, B. (2013). Farewell Mother. Tamar,  Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 11 (1), 15-18

Sethi, B. (2013). Reclaiming Self, Journal of Progressive Human Services, 24, 175–186.

Sethi, B. (2012). The Foucauldian Madwoman: Four Weeks in a Psychiatric Hospital, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 18(4), 23-34. Available at https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/55

Sethi, B. (2012). From a Maid to a Researcher: A Story of Privilege and Humility. Canadian Social Work Review, 29(1), 87-100

Sethi, B. & Gebotys, R.  (2012). Employment Supports for Newcomers in Small and Middle-sized Communities: Perspectives of Newcomers and Service Providers. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 4(1), 15-38. http://journal.und.edu/crsw/article/view/437/159

Sethi., B. (2012).  Newcomers Health in Brantford and the Counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk: Perspectives of Newcomers and Service Providers, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (8 July 2012), pp. 1-7, doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9675-6

Sethi, B. (2012). Searching for Self in a World of Labels. Disability and Society, 1-6, doi:10.1080/09687599.2012.686878

Sethi, B. (2011). The Unsettling Feminism(s) Unconference: Reflections of a Doctoral Student. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 26(4) 357-366. doi: 10.1177/0886109911428206.

Sethi, B. (2011). Far away in another land: One immigrant’s story of incest, trauma and healing, Qualitative Inquiry, 17(6), 498– 504. doi 10.1177/1077800411409882

Sethi, B. (2011). In Search of My ‘Real’ Self, My Ontological ‘I,’ and ‘The Eastern Researcher’ Through Journeying with Berger and Luckmann’s “The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge,” Perspectives on Social Work, 9(2), 41-45

Sethi, B. (2010). Building bridges: Exploring newcomer settlement and integration supports in Brantford and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk using Community-based participatory research (CBPR), Canadian Social Work Journal, 12(2), 184-191.

Book Chapters

Sethi, B., & Ratković, S. (2018). Dissemination and social justice. In S. Kleinknecht, L. J. van den Scott, & C. Sanders (Eds.), The craft of qualitative research (pp. 342-349). Toronto, ON Canadian Scholar’s Press.

Ratković, S., & Sethi, B. (2017). Multisensory ethnography and a/r/photography: Mobilizing methodologies, disciplines, and knowledge. In S. Opić, B. Bognar, and S. Ratković (Eds.), New approaches to research methodology in education (pp. 167-189). Zagreb, Croatia: Faculty of Teacher Education, the University of Zagreb (Accompanied by a YouTube video).

Sethi, B. & Hankivsky, O. (2013).  Immigration and Intersectionality: Key Observations From a Community-based Project with Newcomers in Canada’s Rural-Urban Community.  In Janet Finn, Tonya Perry & Sharvari Karandikar (Eds.). “Gender oppression and globalization: Challenges for social work.” Alexandra, VA: CSWE Press.

Recent Presentations

Sethi, B. Bano, N., & Williams, A. (2019). Transnational Caregiving Employees: A Systematic Review of Literature, International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, June 22-24, 2019.

Sethi, B. & Guruge, S. (2019). Syrian newcomers’ perspectives of (re)settling in Canada: Thinking through social work engagement, International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, June 22-24, 2019.

Guruge, S, Sethi, B., Bukhani, H., Yeoh, B. & Walton-Roberts, M., & (2019). Aging, immigration and transnational care circulation: Canada-Singapore contrasts, International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, June 22-24, 2019

Sethi, B., Guruge, S., & Bokore, N. (2018). Syrian newcomers’ perspectives of (re)settling in Canada: Thinking through social work engagement,   Ontario Association of Social Workers Conference (OASW) 2018, titled: ‘Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Social Workers on the Front Line of Real Issues,’ Toronto, Ontario, November 3, 2018.

Sethi, B. Guruge, S., Ajamal, A. & Bokore, N. (2018). : “The Fear was from the Unknown”: Refugee (Re)Settlement in London, Ontario. Life as a Refugee Conference, titled: ‘All Are Welcome Here,’ London, Ontario, June 20, 2018.

Sethi, B. Guruge, S., & Bokore, N. (2018). How Syrian newcomers and key stakeholders perceive Canada’s three sponsorship programs, Syrian Refugee Symposium, London, Ontario, April 13, 2018.

Adams-Sloan, K. & Sethi, B. (2018). Experience of Student Mothers as they navigate Parent, Student, and Provider Roles – A Review of the Literature, Engage 2018: titled Pushing boundaries, bridging spaces: Engaging for Social Transformation, Guelph, Ontario, March 24, 2018.

Sethi, B. (2017). “Using Photovoice to Explore Visible Minority Immigrant/Refugee Women's Employment and Health Experiences in Ontario: Role of Social Workers in Nation Building, Toronto, Canada, ON,  May 29 – June 02, 2017.

Sethi, B.(2017). “Do you see what I see?”: Using Photovoice to Explore Visible Minority Immigrant/Refugee Women's Employment and Health Experiences in Ontario, Canada, Pathways to Prosperity 2017 National Conference Toronto, ON, November 16- 17, 2017

Sethi, B.(2017). Using Photovoice to Explore Visible Minority Refugee Women's Employment and Health Experiences in Ontario, Canada, Life as a Refugee, London,  ON, June 20, 2017

Sethi, B.  & Williams, A (2017). Microaggressions of Caregiver Employees.   Strangers in New Homelands Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. November 1-3, 2017

Sethi, B. (2017). “Do you see what I see?”: Using Photovoice to Explore Visible Minority Immigrant/Refugee Women's Employment and Health Experiences in Ontario, Canada, Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences,  Toronto, ON, May 27-June 02, 2017

Sethi, B. & Williams, A. (2017). Working Multiple Shifts: Intersecting Dynamics of Gender, Employment Status, and Immigrant status in the Experiences of Immigrant Caregiver-Employees in Urban-Rural Canada, Law, Work, and Family Care: A Symposium, February 17-18, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Sethi, B. Williams, A., Peacock, S.. & Duggleby, W. (2016). The Experience of Informal Caregiving for Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions, Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CRW) 2016, titled: ‘CARWH 2016: Advancing Research to Improve Work and Health’, Toronto, Ontario, October 16-18, 2016

Sethi, B.  & Williams, A (2016). Microaggressions of Caregiver Employees. Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) 2016: Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging. Montreal, Canada. October 20-22, 2016

Sethi, B. (2016). Do you see what I see?”: Intersectional Exposures: Exploring the Health Effects of Employment with KAAJAL Immigrant/Refugee Women in Grand Erie through Photovoice, 33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis, St. Catharines, ON, May 10-13, 2016

Sethi, B. & Ratković, S. (2016). Scrutinizing Research Methodologies With Refugee and Immigrant Women: The Role of the Visual in Migration Research and Policy,  33rd Annual Qualitative Analysis, St. Catharines, ON, May 10-13, 2016

Sethi, B. (2015). Do you see what I see?”: Grand-Erie Community-based Participatory Research with KAAJAL immigrant/refugee women using Photovoice methodology, Qualitative Health Research Conference, Toronto, ON, October 19, 2015

Williams, A., Sethi, B. Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M. Peacock, S., & Ghosh, S. (2015). I feel almost like an untamed horse being put in a bridle”: The Experience of Informal Caregiving for Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions, Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) 2015: From Possibility to Practice in Aging. Calgary, Alberta, ON. October 23-25

Sethi, B. (2015). Immigrant Caregivers, Invisible and Silent, “Panel speaker, Structures of Citizenship: Creating Homes Among Migrant Communities,” Global Citizenship Conference, McMaster University, March 21, 2015

Sethi, B. (2015). Working Multiple Shifts: Experiences of Immigrant/Refugee Caregiver Employees (CE's) in Grand Erie, Graduate Seminar Series, McMaster University, March 21, 2015