Project Abstract and Online Survey Consent Form

Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure? Assessing the Development of Dispute Prevention Mechanisms 
Project Abstract
This project will explore the development of community-investor dispute prevention and facilitation mechanisms in diverse settings.  Understanding how best to coordinate with local communities is vital in realizing the benefits of holistic growth. In the 20 years since the development of the first multilateral community-investor dispute resolution mechanism  – much has been learned about public facilitation, community engagement and dispute prevention during the early stages of major infrastructure development programs.  Thus far, only limited systematic examination has been undertaken of the contours of community-investor dispute prevention, its relationship formal dispute resolution mechanisms, and overall contribution to sustainable development.  Drawing on a case-based methodology, it will explore the achievements, challenges and lessons learned in community-investor dispute prevention and resolution for major infrastructure projects with a view to providing relevant recommendations from a devolved collaboration perspective. 
Part I – Introduction
You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Professor Dr. Shahla Ali of the University of Hong Kong.  The purpose of the study is develop awareness of the challenges and lessons learned in community-investor dispute resolution.  You will be invited to fill out the online survey about community engagement.  The survey would only take you about 10 minutes to complete, and you can choose to terminate the survey at any time without negative consequences.  I would like to stress that all information collected will remain strictly anonymous.  Individual details will not be disclosed or identifiable from this survey. Any data containing personal identifiers will be kept for three years after publication of first paper, and personal identifiers will be removed for long term retention of the research data.  If you have any questions about the research, please feel free to contact Dr. Shahla Ali, 852 39172931.  If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee, HKU (2241-5267).
I understand the procedures described above and agree to part