In this section you can find an overview of all COST Publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Office. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. A link to the publication is shown when available. If the box "Copies Available" appears, an extra copy is available from the COST Office (email: If not, please contact the relevant Action Chair, whose contact details can be found via the 'Domains and Actions' section of our website.

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Human Rights and Development in the New Millenium

  • Author(s): Paul Gready and Wouther Vandenhole
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-415-52729-3

In recent years human rights have assumed a central position in the discourse surrounding international development, while human rights agencies have begun to more systematically address economic and social rights. This edited volume brings together distinguished scholars to explore the merging of human rights and development agendas at local, national and international level. They examine how this merging affects organizational change, operational change, and role of relevant actors in bringing about change. With a focus on practice and policy rather than pure theory, the volume also addresses broader questions such as what human rights and development can learn from one another, and whatever the connections between the two fields are increasing or declining.

2014 | Action Number: TU0905

Challenging Glass 4- Structural Glass-Novel design methods and next generation products

  • Author(s): Christian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Jean-Paul Lebet
  • Publisher(s): Taylor&Francis
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-138-00164-0

This proceedings volume of the Challenging Glass 4 & COST Action TU0905 Final Conference held 6-7 February 2014 at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, represents the final Action Publication of the European Research Network COST Action TU0905 "Structural Glass-Novel design methods and next generation products." It contains nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers-published by more than 180 authors from 22 different countries- that focus on the architectural and structural applications of glass in structures and facades. As such, it provides a profound state-of-the-art of structural glass design and engineering. A must-read for all architects, engineers, scientist, industry partners and other enthusiasts interested in this rapidly evolving and challenging domain.

2013 | Action Number: TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar: Proceedings of the First Action's General Meeting

This publication offers an overview of the Action's first meeting, held on 22-24 July 2013 in Rome, Italy. The meeting mainly addressed the state of the art, advancements and ongoing studies and open problems, in the fields of GPR technologies and methodologies. Participants also discussed inspection strategies and practices, electromagnetic methods for the modelling of GPR scenarios, and numerical algorithms for the processing of GPR data. The meeting also emphasised the importance of the relations between the discussed scientific-technological issues and the social and economical concerns.  

Building on these proceedings, the Action also published a comprehensive assessment of the state of the art in the field of the civil engineering applications of GPR (April 2015).

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Property Rights, Land Markets, and Economic Growth in the European Countryside (Thirteenth-Twentieth Centuries)

  • Pages: 535
  • Author(s): Gérard Béaur, Phillipp R. Schofield, Jean-Michel Chevet & Maria Teresa Perez Picazo
  • Publisher(s): Brepols
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By exploring the fundamental issues of property rights and markets in land, this book will offer important insights into long-term economic change in Europe. The essays gathered here provide a major consideration of the institutional constraints which can be employed by historians and other commentators in order to explain both the slowness or even absence of growth in certain areas of the European economy between the thirteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the discrete experiences of countries within Europe in this broad period.

This is an issue of current interest not least because discussion of 'institutional determinism' has become a standard of explanations of historical and economic change; that said, those promoting such approach have sometimes been criticised for generalising from an 'institutional' perspective rather than taking full account of the variety of potential causative explanations within particular historical contexts.

The present collection of essays will therefore explore the conditions which permitted the progress of agriculture in Europe and the emergence of capitalism in the countryside. The research presented in this volume helps to demonstrate that changes in the market (demand, relative prices...) encouraged changes in property rights but certainly did not do so in ways that were consistent or that led inexorably towards individual and exclusive rights of the kind described by the nineteenth-century liberal paradigm.

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2013 | Action Number: IC0804

Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems

This book constitutes revised selected papers from the Conference on Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems, EE-LSDS, held in Vienna, Austria, in April 2013. It served as the final event of the COST Action IC0804 which started in May 2009. The 15 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 31 contributions. In addition, 7 short papers and 3 demo papers are included in this book. The papers are organized in sections named: modeling and monitoring of power consumption; distributed, mobile and cloud computing; HPC computing; wired and wireless networking; and standardization issues.

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Inkception - The Participatory Turn in the Publishing Sphere

The video, produced by the students at the University of Salford in 2012-13, contains five selected projects that turned two academic journal papers on participatory media and digital publishing.

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2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Media, technology and the migrant family: Media uses, appropriations and articulations in a culturally diverse Europe.

Research report of Working Group 4 Audience transformations and social integration, available online

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Mediated Urbanism

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Audiences’ Trust in the Media

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Critical insights in European media literacy research and policy. Media Studies, 3(6)

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

A Cross-Generational Dialogue. The Communication Review

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Methods for analyzing social media

  • Author(s): Bredl, K., Hünniger, J. and Jensen, J. L.
  • Publisher(s): Journal of Technology in Human Services

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Audience Interaction & Participation. Special section of Particip@tions

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Audience Research Methodologies: Between Innovation and Consolidation

The transformations of people’s relations to media content, technologies and institutions raise new methodological challenges and opportunities for audience research. This edited volume aims at contributing to the development of the repertoire of methods and methodologies for audience research by reviewing and exemplifying approaches that have been stimulated by the changing conditions and practices of audiences. The contributions address a range of issues and approaches related to the diversification, integration and triangulation of methods for audience research, to the gap between the researched and the researchers, to the study of online social networks, and to the opportunities brought about by Web 2.0 technologies as research tools.

Introduction Geoffroy Patriarche, Helena Bilandzic, Jakob Linaa Jensen and Jelena Jurišic Part I: Audience Research Methods Between Diversification and Integration 1. Audience Conceiving among Journalists: Integrating Social-Organizational Analysis and Cultural Analysis through Ethnography Igor Vobic 2. Audience Research Methods: Facing the Challenges of Transforming Audiences Miguel Vicente-Mariño 3. Triangulation as a Way to Validate and Deepen the Knowledge about User Behavior: A Comparison between Questionnaires, Diaries and Traffic Measurements Olle Findahl, Christina Lagerstedt and Andreas Aurelius Part II: Bridging the Gap between the Researched and the Researcher 4. Participatory Design as an Innovative Approach to Research on Young Audiences Christine W. Wijnen and Sascha Trültzsch 5. Researching Audience Participation in Museums: A Multi-Method and Multi-Site Interventionist Approach Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Taavi Tatsi, Pille Runnel and Agnes Aljas 6. Researching Ethnic Minority Groups as Audiences: Implementing Culturally Appropriate Research Strategies Marta Cola and Manuel Mauri Brusa Part III: Studying Online Social Networks 7. Exploring the Potential of Creative Research for the Study of Imagined Audiences: A Case tudy of Estonian Students’ Sketches on the Typical Facebook Users Andra Siibak and Maria Murumaa-Mengel 8. Analyzing Online Social Networks from a User Perspective: A Quantitative-Qualitative Framework Jakob Linaa Jensen and Anne Scott Sørensen 9. Virtual Shadowing, Online Ethnographies and Social Networking Studies Nicoletta Vittadini and Francesca Pasquali Part IV: Web 2.0 Technologies as Research Tools 10. Digging the Web: Promises and Challenges of Using Web 2.0 Tools for Audience Research Matthias R. Hastall and Freya Sukalla 11. Twitter and Social TV: Microblogging as a New Approach to Audience Research Klaus Bredl, Christine Ketzer, Julia Hünniger and Jane Fleischer 12. An Evaluation of the Potential of Web 2.0 APIs for Social Research Cédric Courtois and Peter Mechant Part V: Conclusion 13. Audiences, Audiences Everywhere – Measured, Interpreted, and Imagined Klaus Bruhn Jensen.
About the editors:
Geoffroy Patriarche is an Associate Professor at Université Saint-Louis - Brussels, Belgium
Helena Bilandzic is a Professor in the Institute of Media and Educational Technology at the University of Augsburg, Germany
Jakob Linaa Jensen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication - Media Science at Aarhus University, Denmark
Jelena Jurišic is an Assistant Professor in Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb, Croatia
This book is part of the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education (, and published in partnership with the COST Action Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (

2013 | Action Number: IS0906

Audience Transformations: Shifting Audience Positions in Late Modernity

The concept of the audience is changing. In the twenty-first century there are novel configurations of user practices and technological capabilities that are altering the way we understand and trust media organizations and representations, how we participate in society, and how we construct our social relations. This book embeds these transformations in a societal, cultural, technological, ideological, economic and historical context, avoiding a naive privileging of technology as the main societal driving force, but also avoiding the media-centric reduction of society to the audiences that are situated within. Audience Transformations provides a platform for a nuanced and careful analysis of the main changes in European communicational practices, and their social, cultural and technological affordances.


Introduction 1. Audience/society transformations Nico Carpentier, Kim Schrøder and Lawrie Hallett Part I: Using the media 2. Cross-media use - Unfolding complexities in contemporary audiencehood Jakob Bjur, Kim Schrøder, Uwe Hasebrink, Cédric Courtois, Hanna Adoni and Hillel Nossek 3. New genres - new roles for the audience? An overview of recent research Ranjana Das, Jelena Kleut and Göran Bolin 4. On the role of media in socially demanding situations Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer, David Šmahel and Vera Kontríková Part II: Unpacking the audience's complex structures (generations, minorities and networks) 5. Generations and media: The social construction of generational identity and differences Nicoletta Vittadini, Andra Siibak, Irena Carpentier Reifová and Helena Bilandzic 6. ‘Lost in mainstreaming’? Ethnic minority audiences for public and private broadcasting Marta Cola, Kaarina Nikunen, Alexander Dhoest and Gavan Titley 7. Networks of belonging: Interaction, participation and consumption of mediatised content Paula Cordeiro, Manuel Damásio, Guy Starkey, Inês Botelho, Patrícia Dias, Carla Ganito, Catia Ferreira and Sara Henriques Part III: Participation in and through the media 8. The democratic (media) revolution: A parallel genealogy of political and media participation Nico Carpentier, Peter Dahlgren and Francesca Pasquali 9. The mediation of civic participation: Diverse forms of political agency in a multimedia age Peter Lunt, Anne Kaun, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Birgit Stark and Liesbet Van Zoonen 10. New perspectives on audience activity: 'prosumption' and media activism as audience practices Brian O’Neill, J. Ignacio Gallego, Frauke Zeller 11. The role of the media industry when participation is a product José M. Noguera, Mikko Villi, Nora Nyiro, Emiliana de Blasio and Mélanie Bourdaa Part IV: Prerequisites of participation: access, literacies and trust 12. Transforming digital divides in different national contexts Sascha Trültzsch, Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, Piermarco Aroldi 13. Situating media literacy in the changing media environment: critical insights from European research on audiences Sonia Livingstone, Christine W. Wijnen, Tao Papaioannou, Conceição Costa and María del Mar Grandío 14. What does it mean to trust the media? Tereza Pavlícková, Lars Nyre and Jelena Jurišic.

About the editors:

Nico Carpentier is Associate Professor at the Communication Studies Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and Lecturer at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is also an executive board member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).
Kim Christian Schrøder is Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at Roskilde University, Denmark.
Lawrie Hallett is Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.


This book is part of the Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education (, and published in partnership with the COST Action Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (

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