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Building 'participation' upon critique: The Loweswater Care Project, Cumbria, UK

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Building 'participation' upon critique : The Loweswater Care Project, Cumbria, UK. / Tsouvalis, Judith; Waterton, Claire.

In: Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol. 36, 10.2012, p. 111-121.

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Tsouvalis, Judith; Waterton, Claire / Building 'participation' upon critique : The Loweswater Care Project, Cumbria, UK.

In: Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol. 36, 10.2012, p. 111-121.

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title = "Building 'participation' upon critique: The Loweswater Care Project, Cumbria, UK",
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