Publications

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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2013 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory P3T3 - 2013 Discussion Papers - PART I: Country Profiles

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2013 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3) - 2013 Discussion Papers PART II: Case Studies

  • Pages: 243
  • Author(s): Roumboutsos, A., Farrell, S., Liyanage, C.L., Macario, R. (Eds.)

Part II of the 2013 P3T3 Discussion Papers includes 24 cases originating from 13 countries in Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The largest group, nine cases in total, are road and motorway projects: one of the best known application areas for PPPs. Cases presented range from conventional toll motorways in Greece through a road tunnel in the Netherlands financed by availability payments, to an airport access road built by the Flemish Government using a public sector corporate entity and a “shadow” DBFM agreement. 

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2013 | Action Number: IC0801

Agreement Technologies

More and more transactions, whether in business or related to leisure activities, are mediated automatically by computers and computer networks, and this trend is having a significant impact on the conception and design of new computer applications. The next generation of these applications will be based on software agents to which increasingly complex tasks can be delegated, and which interact with each other in sophisticated ways so as to forge agreements in the interest of their human users. The wide variety of technologies supporting this vision is the subject of this volume. It summarises the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action project on Agreement Technologies (AT), during which approximately 200 researchers from 25 European countries, along with eight institutions from non-COST countries, cooperated as part of a number of working groups. The book is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of Agreement Technologies, written and coordinated by the leading researchers in the field. The results set out here are due for wide dissemination beyond the computer technology sector, involving law and social science as well.

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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.

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2013 | Action Number: IS0702

National Human Rights Institutions in Europe - Comparative, European and international perspective

This book, the result of a COST conference held in Leuven in April 2012, focuses on the functioning and role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Europe in a comparative, European and international perspective. At a time when the European Union is looking for a more coherent and strategic human rights policy, it is important that policy makers and academics pay more attention to the potential role of NHRIs. By bringing together contributions from academics and practitioners, this volume offers insights into the opportunities and challenges that accompany the increasing emergence of NHRIs in Europe and their proliferation on the multiple levels of human rights promotion and protection. Accordingly, this volume aims to inform and further trigger the NHRI debate in Europe.

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2013 | Action Number: A35

Rural societies and environments at risk - Ecology, property rights and social organisation in fragile areas (Middle Ages-Twentieth century)

This book discusses the relationship between ecology and rural society in fragile environments from the Middle Ages until the 20th century, and questions how societies organised land use by property rights.

This book discusses the relationship between ecology and rural society in fragile environments of the past. Rural land use in these areas entailed an inherent vulnerability, for instance because of their poor soils, aridity or their location in mountain areas, near the sea or in severe climatic conditions. The various chapters analyse how societies coped with this vulnerability by way of the organization of property rights to land. These rights formed the framework which shaped the use of the land and were a main constituent of the relationship between mankind and ecology in these fragile areas. To a large extent, therefore, they determined – and still determine - the success or failure of rural societies to cope with the challenges posed by their environment. In their turn, however, these property rights were shaped within a wider social and political context, in which political and ideological considerations, and special interests, also played their part. As a result, the organization of these rights was not always geared towards sustainability, as demonstrated in these chapters, which discuss and analyse long-term developments in several parts of Northwestern, Central and Southern Europe.

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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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2013

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: 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.

Video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX7YpDgriE8&feature=youtu.be


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

Audience Interaction & Participation. Special section of Particip@tions


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