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Reductionist and integrative research approaches to complex water security policy challenges. / Zeitoun, Mark; Lankford, Bruce; Krueger, Tobias ; Forsyth, Tim; Carter, Richard; Hoekstra, Arjen Y; Taylor, Richard; Varis, Olli; Cleaver, Frances; Boelens, Rutgerd; Swatuk, Larry; Tickner, David; Scott, Christopher A; Mirumachi, Naho; Matthews, Nathanial.

In: Global Environmental Change, Vol. 39, 07.2016, p. 143–154.

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Zeitoun, M, Lankford, B, Krueger, T, Forsyth, T, Carter, R, Hoekstra, AY, Taylor, R, Varis, O, Cleaver, F, Boelens, R, Swatuk, L, Tickner, D, Scott, CA, Mirumachi, N & Matthews, N 2016, 'Reductionist and integrative research approaches to complex water security policy challenges' Global Environmental Change, vol. 39, pp. 143–154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.04.010

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Zeitoun, Mark ; Lankford, Bruce ; Krueger, Tobias ; Forsyth, Tim ; Carter, Richard ; Hoekstra, Arjen Y ; Taylor, Richard ; Varis, Olli ; Cleaver, Frances ; Boelens, Rutgerd ; Swatuk, Larry ; Tickner, David ; Scott, Christopher A ; Mirumachi, Naho ; Matthews, Nathanial. / Reductionist and integrative research approaches to complex water security policy challenges. In: Global Environmental Change. 2016 ; Vol. 39. pp. 143–154.

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