In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.

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2016 | Action Number: IS0903

Medicine and management in European public hospitals

Since the early 1980s all European countries have given priority to reforming the management of health services. A distinctive feature of these reforms has also been the drive to co-opt professionals themselves into the management of services, taking on full time or part time (hybrid) management or leadership roles. However, although these trends are well documented in the literature, our understanding of the nature and impact of reforms and how they are re-shaping the relationship between medicine and management remains limited. Most studies have tended to be nationally specific, located within a single discipline and focused primarily on describing new management practices. This article serves as an Introduction to a special issue of BMC Health Services Research which seeks to address these concerns. It builds on the work of a European Union funded COST Action (ISO903) which ran between 2009 and 2013, focusing specifically on the changing relationship between medicine and management in a European context.

Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe (Cover title)

2016 | Action Number: TU1201

Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe

  • Pages: 384
  • Author(s): Bell, S., Fox-Kämper, R., Keshavarz, N., Benson, M., Caputo, S., Noori, S., Voigt, A. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-138-92109-2

Although urban allotment gardening dates back to the nineteenth century, it has recently undergone a renaissance of interest and popularity. This is the result of greater concern over urban greenspace, food security and quality of life. This book presents a comprehensive, research-based overview of the various features, benefits and values associated with urban allotment gardening in Europe.

The book is based on a European COST Action project, which brings together researchers and practitioners from all over Europe for the first detailed exploration of the subject on a continent-wide scale. It assesses the policy, planning and design aspects, as well as the social and ecological benefits of urban allotment gardening. Through an examination of the wide range of different traditions and practices across Europe, it brings together the most recent research to discuss the latest evolutions and more recent forms of urban allotment gardening and to help raise awareness and fill knowledge gaps.

The book provides a multidisciplinary perspective, including insights from horticulture and soil science, ecology, sociology, urban geography, landscape, planning and design. The themes are underpinned by case studies from a number of European countries which supply a wide range of examples to illustrate different key issues.

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2016 | Action Number: FP0905

The Biosafety of Forest Transgenic Trees

  • Author(s): Vettori, C., Gallardo, F., Häggman, H., Kazana, V., Migliacci, F., Pilate, G., Fladung, M. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer
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This book provides up-to-date information on the environmental impact of transgenic trees on genetically modified tree (GMT) communication strategy. It is useful to public/private organisations as well as to private and public research bodies and universities worldwide since it reports on the global status of GMT research and policy. A high number of genetically modified trees (GMTs) with altered or novel characteristics have been produced in the last 15 years. However, their very low public acceptance is a basic problem in their commercialization. Breeders anticipate economic and ecological benefits, like reduced product costs and less pressure on native forests, while opponents fear risks, such as unintended spread of GMTs. But what is true? To answer this question, the COST Action FP0905 focused on key aspects related to GMTs: (a) biological characterization; (b) assessment of possible environmental impacts; (c) socio-economic implications and public acceptance/concerns; (d) providing science-based information to communicate with the public.

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Public Private Partnerships in Transport - Trends and Theory cover image

2016 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport - Trends and Theory

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: trends and theory is structured to follow the life-cycle of a PPP project and strikes a balance between theory and practice. Divided into four parts, each section highlights major concerns and offers and array of views and policy recommendations. Parts include context for national implementation, decision models, performance measures and efficiency standards. 

This book includes an expanded discussion on the findings presented, discussed and analysed at the closing event of the COST Action TU1001 network on the topic of PPPs in transport. The result will be of significant interest to the academic community, policy makers and practitioners.

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2016 | Action Number: TU1004

Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems

This book shows how transit assignment models can be used to describe and predict the patterns of network patronage in public transport systems. It provides a fundamental technical tool that can be employed in the process of designing, implementing and evaluating measures and/or policies to improve the current state of transport systems within given financial, technical and social constraints.The book offers a unique methodological contribution to the field of transit assignment because, moving beyond “traditional” models, it describes more evolved variants that can reproduce:

  • intermodal networks with high- and low-frequency services;
  • realistic behavioural hypotheses underpinning route choice;
  • time dependency in frequency-based models; and
  • assumptions about the knowledge that users have of network conditions that are consistent with the present and future level of information that intelligent transport systems (ITS) can provide.

The book also considers the practical perspective of practitioners and public transport operators who need to model and manage transit systems; for example, the role of ITS is explained with regard to their potential in data collection for modelling purposes and validation techniques, as well as with regard to the additional data on network patronage and passengers’ preferences that influences the network-management and control strategies implemented.

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2016 | Action Number: TU1104

Smart Energy Regions - Cost and Value

  • Pages: 175
  • Author(s): Jones, P., Buhagiar, López-Jiménez, P. A., Djukic, A. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): The Welsh School of Architecture, University of Cardiff
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-899895-22-9

This book presents work undertaken as part of the COST Action Smart Energy Regions (SMARTER). The link between cost and value is demonstrated for both new buildings and for the retrofitting of old buildings, as well as infrastructure and energy systems, at both regional and national levels. Aspects investigated within this book related to cost and value include environmental design, sustainable retrofitting, energy systems and technologies as well as smart energy regions. The impact of both a top-down and bottom-up approach are considered in relation to progress the low carbon agenda relevant at a regional scale. 

This work supports the broader aims and objectives of the Smart Energy Regions COST Action to investigate the drivers and barriers that may impact on the
large scale implementation of low carbon technologies in the built environment essential to meet the targets for sustainable development set by the EU and national governments. This publication is part of suite of outputs from the Smart Energy Regions COST Action investigating different aspects associated with implementation of the low carbon agenda at a region scale. 

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2016 | Action Number: TU1104

Smart Energy Regions

  • Pages: 285
  • Author(s): Jones, P., lang, W., Patterson, J, Geyer, P. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): The Welsh School of Architecture, University of Cardiff
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-899895-14-4

This book presents work undertaken as part of the COST Action Smart Energy Regions (SMARTER). It illustrates how relevant policies are being implemented in 26 European countries participating in the Action and how these are helping to progress the low carbon agenda relevant at a regional scale, illustrating how industry and broader stakeholder groups can be involved in the process.

Specific case studies have been identified to illustrate projects and initiatives that are helping to progress the low carbon agenda at a regional scale to help to provide an understanding of how low carbon technologies are relevant and transferable within and between regions.

This work supports the broader aims and objectives of the Smart Energy Regions COST Action to investigate the drivers and barriers that may impact on the large scale implementation of low carbon technologies in the built environment essential to meet the targets for sustainable development set by the EU and national governments.

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2015 | Action Number: FA1005

The Impact of Food Bioactives on Health - In Vitro and Ex Vivo Models

The book is an asset to researchers wishing to study the health benefits of their foods and food bioactives of interest and highlights which in vitro/ex vivo assays are of greatest relevance to their goals, what sort of outputs/data can be generated and, as noted above, highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the various assays. It is also an important resource for undergraduate students in the ‘food and health’ arena.

Open Access

2015 | Action Number: CM1005

Supramolecular Chemistry in Water

This themed collection published in  Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry  (OBC) highlights some of the latest exciting research in Supramolecular Chemistry in Water. The issue is Guest Edited by Professors Tony Davis (University of Bristol, United Kingdom), Antonella Dalla Cort (Università La Sapienza, Italy), and Stefan Kubik (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany). New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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2015 | Action Number: IS1007

Culture and Sustainability in European Cities - Imagining Europolis

This book reveals in a pluralistic way how European cities are generating new approaches to their sustainable development, and the special contribution of culture to these processes. It addresses both a deficit of attention to small and medium-sized cities in the framework of European sustainable development, and an underestimation of the role of culture, artistic expression and creativity for integrated development of the city as a prerequisite to urban sustainability. On the basis of a broad collection of case studies throughout Europe, representing a variety of regionally specific cultural models of sustainable development, the book investigates how participative culture, community arts, and more generally, creativity of civic imagination are conducive to the goal of a sustainable future of small and medium-sized cities. 

This is an essential volume for researchers and postgraduate students in urban studies, cultural studies, cultural geography and urban sociology as well as for policymakers and practitioners wanting to understand the specificity of European cities as hubs of innovation, creativity and artistic industriousness.

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2015 | Action Number: IS1007

Theory and Practice in Heritage and Sustainability - Between past and future

This book explores cultural sustainability and its relationships to heritage from a wide interdisciplinary perspective. By examining the interactions between people and communities in the places where they live it exemplifies the diverse ways in which a people-centred heritage builds identities and supports individual and collective memories. It encourages a view of heritage as a process that contributes through cultural sustainability to human well-being and socially- and culturally-sensitive policy.

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2015 | Action Number: IS1007

Cultural Sustainability and Regional Development - Theories and practices of territorialisation

This book launches the concept of ‘territorialisation’ by exploring how the natural environment and culture are constitutive of each other. This concept allows us to study the characterisation of the natural assets of a place, the means by which the natural environment and culture interact, and how communities assign meaning to local assets, add functions and ascribe rules of how to use space. By highlighting the time-space dimension in the use and consumption of resources, territorialisation helps to frame the concept and grasp the meaning of sustainable regional development. Drawing on an international range of case studies, the book addresses both conceptual issues and practical applications of ‘territorialisation’ in a range of contexts, forms, and scales. 

The book will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduates in sustainable development, environmental studies, and regional development and planning.

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2015 | Action Number: ES1004

Special issue of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Open Access Journal

Coupled chemistry–meteorology modelling: status and relevance for numerical weather prediction, air quality and climate communities (SI of EuMetChem COST ES1004) (ACP/GMD inter-journal SI)

2015 | Action Number: TD1106

Urban Agriculture Europe

How can agriculture contribute to the sustainable development of European cities? How can agriculture and horticulture create vital urban spaces that have new social and ecological qualities and are also economically viable? 

Urban Agriculture Europe  is the first comprehensive, transdisciplinary publication about urban agriculture in Europe. Apart from well-known examples of urban food gardens in Western European metropolises, this volume also studies innovative forms of agriculture on the urban periphery, bringing in experiences in Eastern and Southern Europe. The contributions approach urban agriculture from the point of view of social science, the economy, agricultural ecology, and spatial planning and address the role of citizens, involved parties, and politics, as well as operational models and planning tools. Case studies from Barcelona, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Sofia, Warsaw, and the Ruhr Metropolis allow a comparative view of European practice. Statements from involved parties and guidance for cities and regions round off the publication.

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2015 | Action Number: ES1005

Earth’s climate response to a changing Sun

  • Pages: 346
  • Author(s): De Wit, D.T., Ermolli, I., Haberreiter, M., Kambezidis, H., Lam, M.M., Lilensten, J., Matthes, K., Mironova, I., Schmidt, H., Seppala, A., Tanskanen, E., Tourpali, K., Yair, Y. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): EDP Sciences
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For centuries, scientists have been fascinated by the role of the Sun in the Earth's climate system. Recent discoveries, outlined in this book, have gradually unveiled a complex picture, in which our variable Sun affects the climate variability via a number of subtle pathways, the implications of which are only now becoming clear. 

This handbook proves the scientifically curious, from undergraduate students to policy makers with a complete and accessible panorama of our present understanding of the Sun-climate connection. TOSCA , a COST-funded research network of 61 experts from different communities have contributed to it, which reflects the highly multidisciplinary nature of this topic. 

The handbook is organised as a mosaic of short chapters, each of which addresses a specific aspect, and can be read independently. The reader will learn about the assumptions, the data, the models, and the unknowns behind each mechanism by which solar variability may impact climate variability. None of these mechanisms can adequately explain global warming observed since the 1950s. However, several of them do impact climate variability, in particular on a regional level. This handbook aims at addressing these issues in a factual way, and thereby challenge the reader to sharpen his/her critical thinking in a debate that is frequently distorted by unfounded claims. 

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