University engagement and regional sustainability initiatives: some Danish experiences

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OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Cleaner Production
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer12
Sider (fra-til)1067–1074
ISSN0959-6526
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2009

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University engagement and regional sustainability initiatives : some Danish experiences. / Lehmann, Martin; Christensen, Per; Thrane, Mikkel; Jørgensen, Tine Herreborg.

I: Journal of Cleaner Production, Bind 17, Nr. 12, 2009, s. 1067–1074.

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