Research Project – Collective Action Amongst Pashtun Communities

Invitation to participate in research project

Are you Pashtun and living in Melbourne? If you are, you might be interested in participating in this research project.

My name is Aneela Babar. I am an Endeavour Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute. I will be here till July 2007 undertaking a study on what people of Pashtun background living in Australia feel about being Muslim and Pashtun. The research will be focused on understanding how Pashtun communities live and interact with one another in Australia. By participating in this study you will help to create a better understanding of the community.

I would be very grateful if you would agree to be interviewed for my research project. Typically, an interview will take about 1 to 2 hours but this is entirely up to you. If you have less time that is also fine; of course longer is also not a problem! At any time in the interview you have the right to refuse to answer questions or to stop the interview. If at the end of the interview you would prefer not to be involved, my notes will be handed back to you.

The information from the interviews will be written into my research paper. All names will be changed, and no personal identifiers will appear in the paper. None of the individuals participating in the interviews will be referred to in any way that would enable them to be identified by third parties. This means that confidentiality is fully guaranteed.

If you are interested in participating in this project or have a Pashtun friend or family member who would be interested to participate, please send a mail to: Before you participate in this project, I will provide you with an information sheet that describes in detail the nature of this project, guarantees your confidentiality, and ensures that you can withdraw from the interview process at any time. Your formal approval to the interview process and the use of data will also be sought through a consent form.

Dr Aneela Z Babar
Honorary Research Fellow
Monash Asia Institute
Level 8 South, Building 11 (Menzies)
Monash University, Vic 3800, AUSTRALIA

Download Information Sheet and Consent Form