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Niche construction, innovation and complexity. / Laland, Kevin Neville; Evans, Cara Louise; Boogert, Neeltje.

In: Environmental Innovation and Social Transitions, Vol. 11, 06.2013, p. 71-86.

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Laland, KN, Evans, CL & Boogert, N 2013, 'Niche construction, innovation and complexity', Environmental Innovation and Social Transitions, vol. 11, pp. 71-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2013.08.003

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Laland, K. N., Evans, C. L., & Boogert, N. (2013). Niche construction, innovation and complexity. Environmental Innovation and Social Transitions, 11, 71-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2013.08.003

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Laland KN, Evans CL, Boogert N. Niche construction, innovation and complexity. Environmental Innovation and Social Transitions. 2013 Jun;11:71-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2013.08.003

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Laland, Kevin Neville ; Evans, Cara Louise ; Boogert, Neeltje. / Niche construction, innovation and complexity. In: Environmental Innovation and Social Transitions. 2013 ; Vol. 11. pp. 71-86.

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