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Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration : On the role of individuals in niche formation. / Pesch, Udo; Vernay, A.L.; van Bueren, Ellen; Pandis Iveroth, S.

In: Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, Vol. 49, No. 8, 2017, p. 1922-1942.

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Pesch, U, Vernay, AL, van Bueren, E & Pandis Iveroth, S 2017, 'Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration: On the role of individuals in niche formation' Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, vol. 49, no. 8, pp. 1922-1942. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X17705383

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Pesch, U., Vernay, A. L., van Bueren, E., & Pandis Iveroth, S. (2017). Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration: On the role of individuals in niche formation. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 49(8), 1922-1942. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X17705383

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Pesch U, Vernay AL, van Bueren E, Pandis Iveroth S. Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration: On the role of individuals in niche formation. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research. 2017;49(8):1922-1942. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X17705383

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Pesch, Udo ; Vernay, A.L. ; van Bueren, Ellen ; Pandis Iveroth, S. / Niche entrepreneurs in urban systems integration : On the role of individuals in niche formation. In: Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research. 2017 ; Vol. 49, No. 8. pp. 1922-1942.

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