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Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era

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Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era. / Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Turnheim, Bruno; Martiskainen, Mari; Brown, Donal; Kivimaa, Paula.

I: Energy Research and Social Science, Bind 66, 101490, 08.2020.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisReviewForskningpeer review

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Sovacool, BK, Turnheim, B, Martiskainen, M, Brown, D & Kivimaa, P 2020, 'Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era', Energy Research and Social Science, bind 66, 101490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101490

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Sovacool, B. K., Turnheim, B., Martiskainen, M., Brown, D., & Kivimaa, P. (2020). Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era. Energy Research and Social Science, 66, [101490]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101490

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Sovacool BK, Turnheim B, Martiskainen M, Brown D, Kivimaa P. 2020. Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era. Energy Research and Social Science. 66:Article 101490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101490

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Sovacool BK, Turnheim B, Martiskainen M, Brown D, Kivimaa P. Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era. Energy Research and Social Science. 2020 aug;66. 101490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101490

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Sovacool, Benjamin K. ; Turnheim, Bruno ; Martiskainen, Mari ; Brown, Donal ; Kivimaa, Paula. / Guides or gatekeepers? Incumbent-oriented transition intermediaries in a low-carbon era. I: Energy Research and Social Science. 2020 ; Bind 66.

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