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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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2011 | Action Number: A34

Gender and Well-Being. The Role of Institutions

  • Author(s): E. Addis, P. de Villota, F. Degavre and J. Eriksen (Eds)
  • Publisher(s): Ashgate
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4094-0705-8

Provisioning for basic human needs is done in three main kind of institutions: the familial household; the commercial enterprise selling goods and services; the institutions of the Welfare State that provide education, medical care and other goods and personal services to all or to some specific groups of citizens in need. The purpose of this book is to study the interplay of these institutions and their impact on well-being, and to analyze key policies and measures that have been implemented in European countries.
Institutions determine labour demand (men and women are hired by the institutions of the Welfare State or by market providers of care), the possibilities of consumption (wages earned can be used to buy goods and services only if such goods and services are provided by the market) and allocate people's time, in particular women's time, between paid work and unpaid domestic production and provision of care, shaping both the gender relations and time use of people of both sexes. The proper balance of these institutions is a prerequisite of well-being both of the care givers and of the care receivers, and also for satisfactory gender relations.
The chapters in this book focus on the following sub-topics: gender and welfare regimes; gender, well-being and the provision of care in the family and the household; and gender and well-being in the labour market. They emphasise the interdependence of social and labour market policies in the context of fundamental changes in both working patterns (the increase in female labour-force participation rates) and social needs (including population ageing) and demonstrate that we need a more integrated approach to welfare policy which takes account not only of basic welfare entitlements, but also the need for supportive forms of service provision and employment regulation.

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2011 | Action Number: 729

Nitrogen Deposition and Natura 2000: Science & Practice in determining environmental impacts.

This book reviews the evidence from across Europe that confirms nitrogen deposition as a major threat to European biodiversity, especially on the Natura 2000, including sensitive habitats and species listed under the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). It documents the information presented and discussed at an international workshop on ‘Natura 2000 and Nitrogen Deposition’, held in Brussels in May 2009, to review new evidence of nitrogen impacts, develop best practices when conducting assessments, and recommend options for consideration in future policy development.
The workshop was attended by 73 scientists, conservation practitioners and policy makers from 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands and the UK. Delegates included representatives from the European Commission DG Environment, and Government departments from EU member states.

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2011 | Action Number: A34

Transforming Gendered Well-being in Europe - The impact of Social Movements

European social movements improve the well-being of men and women but need further analysis through a gender-sensitive lens. Taking an international and cross-disciplinary perspective, this book examines the impact of European social movements on gendered political and material well-being. Insights from history, politics, sociology and gender studies help identify how social movements have been instrumental in changing individual well-being through participation and empowerment. These movements have contributed to collective well-being thanks to victories in health, sexualities, political recognition and access to material goods.
The contributions pay particular attention to the role of women activists in social movements varying from unions and religious movements to the women's movement itself. The settings range from 19th century Catalonia to Switzerland and Poland, including studies on European transnational movements today and their impact on global gendered well-being. The authors consider how gender has been important in defining the goals, strategies and outcomes of social movements. Thanks to the international spread of contributions a comparative record can be examined. Together the authors provide unique and concrete illustrations of the role of collective action and the participatory process on transforming women and well-being in European societies. The book provides essential insights for students and scholars working on social and women's movements, European well-being and welfare, and transnational action.

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2011 | Action Number: IS0802

Managing Institutional Complexity – Regime Interplay and Global Environmental Change

Institutional interaction and complexity are crucial to environmental governance and are quickly becoming dominant themes in the international relations and environmental politics literatures. This book examines international institutional interplay and its consequences, focusing on two important issues: how states and other actors can manage institutional interaction to improve synergy and avoid disruption; and what forces drive the emergence and evolution of institutional complexes, sets of institutions that cogovern particular issue areas.
The book, a product of the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change research project (IDGEC), offers both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Chapters range from analytical overviews to case studies of institutional interaction, interplay management, and regime complexes in areas including climate change, fisheries management, and conservation of biodiversity. Contributors discuss such issues as the complicated management of fragmented multilateral institutions addressing climate change; the possible "chilling effect" on environmental standards from existing commitments; governance niches in Arctic resource protection; the relationships among treaties on conservation and use of plant genetic resources; causal factors in cross-case variation of regime prevalence; and the difficult relationship between the World Trade Organization and multilateral environmental agreements. The book offers a broad overview of research on interplay management and institutional complexes that provides important insights across the field of global environmental governance.

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2011 | Action Number: E55

Modelling the Performance of Timber Structures- Special Issue of Engineering Structures

The main objective of this Action was to provide the basic framework and knowledge required for the efficient and sustainable use of timber as a structural and building material. This will be achieved by building on three main research activities: the identification and modelling of relevant load and environmental exposure scenarios, the improvement of knowledge concerning the behaviour of timber structural elements and the development of a generic framework for the assessment of the life-cycle vulnerability and robustness of timber structures. The Action serves as a development platform for the European timber engineering research community to improve the knowledge about the life-cycle performance of timber structures.

The Action ran over 4 years and produced a couple of insights and results that are summarised in the different contributions in the present special issue on timber structures.

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2011 | Action Number: IS0601

Government Agencies –Practices and Lessons from 30 Countries

Why do governments create semi-autonomous public organizations, called 'agencies'? How do agency types and their prevalence differ across countries and time? How are agencies controlled and held accountable? How autonomous are they? How have (post)-New Public Management ideas affected agencification policies in Europe and beyond? How do governments attempt to restore transparency and coordination in a fragmented agency landscape? And what can practitioners and policy makers learn from international experiences?
This volume describes and compare how semi-autonomous agencies are created and governed in 29 countries and the EU. It leads practitioners and researchers through the crowded world of agencies, describing the agency landscape, history and drivers, autonomy and control, as well as recent developments. It offers a rich empirical overview for researchers interested in comparing agencies in different countries, and for practitioners interested in agency practices and experiences. Evidence-based lessons and recommendations are formulated to improve agencification policies in post-NPM times. This is the first volume to cover all aspects of agencies and the phenomenon of agencification and will be an essential reference tool for policy makers and researchers.

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2011 | Action Number: IS0601

Governing Public Agencies in the 21st Century: International Lessons and policy recommendations by the COST Action IS0601

This policy brief is the result of COST Action IS0601, named CRIPO (Comparative Research into Current Trends in Public Sector Organization), which ran for four years, from early 2007 till early 2011. The main objective of the Action was to increase knowledge about current trends in public sector organization in Europe from a European perspective, in an international context, in order to deepen theoretical rigour and optimize methodologies, which inspire sound and policy-relevant research conclusions.

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2011 | Action Number: 871

Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Cryopreservation in Horticultural Species / Acta Horticulturae Number 908

For many horticultural species such as seedless plant species, species that produce recalcitrant seed as well as plant species that are propagated vegetatively to preserve the unique genomic constitution of cultivars (such as fruit and several timber and ornamental trees), cryopreservation is the only valuable solution for the safe long term storage. Moreover, besides its use for the conservation of genetic resources, cryopreservation proved to be extremely useful for the storage of plant tissues with specific characteristics, such as medicinal- and alkaloid-producing cell lines, hairy root cultures, genetically transformed and transformation-competent culture lines.
This issue of Acta Horticulturae contains a selection of the contributions made at the “first International Symposium on Cryopreservation in Horticultural Species” that was held in Leuven, Belgium from 5 to 8 April, 2009. This event was a co-organization of the COST Action 871, CRYOPLANET of the European Science Foundation and ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Science).

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Annual Report 2010

The 2010 Annual Report presents the yearly achievements, Domain activities, publications, and more. The document is available in pdf only.

Online Publication

2011 | Action Number: IS0807

Internet and Surveillance. The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media

The Internet has been transformed in the past years from a system primarily oriented on information provision into a medium for communication and community-building. The notion of “Web 2.0”, social software, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have emerged in this context. With such platforms comes the massive provision and storage of personal data that are systematically evaluated, marketed, and used for targeting users with advertising. In a world of global economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11, both corporations and state institutions have a growing interest in accessing this personal data. Here, contributors explore this changing landscape by addressing topics such as commercial data collection by advertising, consumer sites and interactive media; self-disclosure in the social web; surveillance of file-sharers; privacy in the age of the internet; civil watch-surveillance on social networking sites; and networked interactive surveillance in transnational space. This book is a result of a research action launched by the COST Action IS0807- Living in Surveillance Society.

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2011 | Action Number: TU0602

Land Management for Urban Dynamics. Innovative methods and practices in a changing Europe

The present report contains the final results of the collective work carried on by a group of researchers operating within the COST Action Land management for urban dynamics -TU602, looking for new perspectives to a more effective control of urban expansion and regeneration by means of innovative methods and tools. The fast change going on, as far as socio-economic phenomena at the wider scale (de-industrialisation, displacement of activities, increased mobility of people and goods, etc.), the European integration, and the affirmation of neo-liberal politico-administrative orientations are concerned, has produced extensive territorial restructuring, deep transformations in the urban form, and the change of the development models.
The pervasiveness of change and the similarity of issues to be tackled in the different countries and towns (“globalisation”) do not automatically mean that there is a progressive amalgamation of European planning systems and land regimes or that local planning approaches and urban management procedures are getting closer. Constitutional systems, property regimes, administrative traditions are conditioning the urban management processes, while local authorities are challenged by the new political orientations and the stronger role of the private bodies. In this context, the elaboration of new urban land management approaches and instruments is needed.
The possibility to gather an extensive number of researchers, practitioners and experts from different European Countries, interested in comparing the domestic systems and experiences, has been the driver for this COST Action.
The mission of the Action is expressed as the need to update the knowledge of the effectiveness of the different land regimes and planning systems operating in the European Countries, in a time of rapid change of political systems, territorial and urban organisation and public policies.
The main objective of the Action is to develop a Europe-wide “comparative framework of land management regimes and policies and to produce recommendations for land mobilization methods and tools in order to foster urban dynamics”. In particular, it has focused on:
1. land management regimes and land policies for urban development and regeneration;
2. land management tools for large urban development projects; and the overall assessment of the performance of those regimes, policies, and tools.

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2011 | Action Number: FP0904

Book of Abstracts - Mechano-chemical transformations of wood during THM processing – February 16-18, 2011 in Biel, Switzerland

The workshop dealt with experimental characterization as well as numerical modelling of TH/THM behaviour of wood, analysis methods and major challenges to overcome in commercializing TH wood products, and closed as well as open system treated wood.

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2011 | Action Number: A35

Growth and Stagnation in European Historical Agriculture

Agricultural production has been the basic and single most important factor for the well-being of mankind since the Neolithic revolution. Insufficient agricultural output has led to deficient means of subsistence and sometimes even starvation, while rich harvests brought about plenty and prosperity. Continuous increases in agricultural output have transformed whole societies and continents, bringing about radical changes in people’s lives and economic prospects.
This book is focused on measuring and explaining agricultural growth in Europe. For most countries statistics on agricultural production are either non-existing or shaky for the period up to the end of the nineteenth century. Consequently, researchers dealing with historical farming have been forced to put a lot of effort into reconstructing reliable data on inputs and outputs. The last decades have seen major progress, and new approaches to quantify and explain agricultural development have been adopted. The book is the result of these efforts and it encompasses estimations and explanations of European historical agriculture over time, from the ninth to the twentieth century, and over space, from the Iberian Peninsula to Scandinavia and from the British Isles to Russia.

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2011 | Action Number: A25

Small Arms, Crime and Conflict - Global Governance and the threat of armed violence

This book focuses on the use of small arms in violence and attempts by the state to govern the use and acquisition of these weapons.
It is likely that hundreds of thousands of people are killed every year as a result of armed violence – in contexts ranging from war zones to domestic violence. This edited volume examines why these deaths occur, the role of guns and other weapons, and how governance can be used to reduce and prevent those deaths. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology through economics to peace and security studies, the book’s main concern throughout is that of human security – the causes and means of prevention of armed violence.
The first part of the book concerns warfare, the second armed violence and crime, and the last governance of arms and their (mis)-use. The concluding chapter builds on the contributors’ key findings and suggests priorities for future research, with the aim of forming a coherent narrative which examines what we know, why armed violence occurs, and what can be done to reduce it.
This book will be of much interest to students of small arms, security studies, global governance, peace and conflict studies, and IR.

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2011 | Action Number: ES0905

Spreading the scope of convection models

Climate change and unpredictable weather patterns are a major challenge for meteorologists throughout
the world. Producing models that are sufficiently reliable and flexible is a goal that still eludes researchers,
but this may be about to change thanks to the novel approach proposed by the Core Action on Convection.

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