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Interventions in practice: reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour

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Interventions in practice : reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour. / Spurling, Nicola Jane; McMeekin, Andrew; Southerton, Dale; Shove, Elizabeth Anne; Welch, Daniel.

Manchester : Sustainable Practices Research Group, 2013. 56 p.

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Harvard

Spurling, NJ, McMeekin, A, Southerton, D, Shove, EA & Welch, D 2013, Interventions in practice: reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour. Sustainable Practices Research Group, Manchester.

APA

Spurling, N. J., McMeekin, A., Southerton, D., Shove, E. A., & Welch, D. (2013). Interventions in practice: reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour. Manchester: Sustainable Practices Research Group.

Vancouver

Spurling NJ, McMeekin A, Southerton D, Shove EA, Welch D. Interventions in practice: reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour. Manchester: Sustainable Practices Research Group, 2013. 56 p.

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Spurling, Nicola Jane ; McMeekin, Andrew ; Southerton, Dale ; Shove, Elizabeth Anne ; Welch, Daniel. / Interventions in practice : reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour. Manchester : Sustainable Practices Research Group, 2013. 56 p.

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RIS

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