Making transdisciplinarity happen: Phase 0, or before the beginning

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Making transdisciplinarity happen : Phase 0, or before the beginning. / Horcea-Milcu, Andra Ioana; Leventon, Julia; Lang, Daniel J.

in: Environmental Science and Policy, Jahrgang 136, 01.10.2022, S. 187-197.

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Horcea-Milcu AI, Leventon J, Lang DJ. Making transdisciplinarity happen: Phase 0, or before the beginning. Environmental Science and Policy. 2022 Okt 1;136:187-197. Epub 2022 Jun 21. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2022.05.019

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