Vol. 8 No. 1 (2024)
Editorial Introduction

Public Understanding, Conflict and Power in the Population and Sustainability Nexus

Published 2024-01-17

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Samways, David. 2024. “Public Understanding, Conflict and Power in the Population and Sustainability Nexus”. The Journal of Population and Sustainability 8 (1):5-12. https://doi.org/10.3197/JPS.63799977346491.


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