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Ruben Gowricharn (background in economics and sociology) is professor of Indian Diaspora Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His grandfathers were indentured labourers shipped to Suriname, then a plantation economy in the Caribbean. His research projects include the cohesion of multicultural democracies, the economic, political and cultural impact of transnational forces on diaspora communities, the integration of ethnic groups in (Western) societies, the economic development in LDC’s, and the impact of cultural forces on economic behaviour. Currently he is finishing a book on Indian peasants in the Girmitya diaspora. He is also managing director of a doctoral program for adult migrant students in the Netherlands, geared at enlarging the capacity of communities and organizations.


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