Dr Siddhesh Mukerji

Staff details

Dr Siddhesh Mukerji


Senior Lecturer, Social Work BA & MA Convenor, Social Work Admissions Tutor


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


s.mukerji (@gold.ac.uk)

social work education & pedagogies; Buddhist social action; critical social theory

My scholarship focuses on Buddhist social action and social work education.

My work explores how Buddhist thinker-activists conceptualize and respond to social problems. This exploration includes potential contributions of Buddhism—as a diverse set of methodologies for understanding and responding to suffering—to social work (e.g., a cosmology of interconnectedness, embodied methods for transforming internalized oppression) and social justice challenges facing Buddhism (e.g., its historical/ongoing roles in supporting patriarchy). Currently, my main project is a book on Zen Buddhist social action in the US.

My education research uses social science research methods and a philosophy of education analysis to explore pedagogies that blur disciplinary boundaries (e.g., environmental social work education) and reenvision traditional approaches to learning-teaching (e.g., critical reflection). As an educator, I am especially inspired by engaged pedagogy and critical pedagogy.

Academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
  • Master of Arts in Social Work, University of Chicago

Publications and research outputs


Mukerji, Siddhesh; Murphy, Alistair; Joyce, Maverick; Kaye, Molly; Goodrow, Joseph P.; Clark, Madelyn Lucia; Donahue, Kathleen E.; Heitkamp, Melissa; Tyler, Brooke and Hoffman, Lily. 2022. Expressing our truth, expressing our care: A collective reflection on humanizing the social work classroom. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, ISSN 1080-0220

Mukerji, Siddhesh. 2020. The “untouchable” who touched millions: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Navayana Buddhism, and complexity in social work scholarship on religion. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 39(4), pp. 474-492. ISSN 1542-6432

Book Section

Mukerji, Siddhesh; Gannon, Kate and Mackenzie, Erin. 2024. A transformative approach to environmental social work education. In: Jan Fook and Danielle Jatlow, eds. Transformative Social Work: Practices for Academic Settings. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231556767