Public engagement in major projects : the Hong Kong experience

Ng, Thomas S., Skitmore, Martin, Tam, Ka Yan, & Li, Terry H.Y. (2014) Public engagement in major projects : the Hong Kong experience. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer, 167(1), pp. 22-31.

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Public engagement is an essential process for major municipal infrastructure and construction projects as it serves to identify the interests and concerns of citizens before the planning and design are finalised and thus ensures the schemes are beneficial to all sectors of the community. However, the success of public engagement depends on a number of factors, not least the suitability of the engagement methods used, representativeness and activeness of participants, time pressure, financial constraint and so on. In Hong Kong, the community has experienced discontent with several major projects recently, suggesting the need to examine the effectiveness of its current public engagement mechanism. This paper reports the results of a series of interviews with a variety of stakeholders – indicating the need for a carefully considered public engagement plan to be established at the beginning to drive the process and more experienced people to lead and facilitate the engagement process.

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ID Code: 72952
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: History, Maintenance & Inspection, Waterways & Canals
DOI: 10.1680/muen.13.00009
ISSN: 1751-7699
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ICE Publishing
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2014 22:54
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 09:58

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