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: 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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2013 | Action Number: IC0702

Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing: Towards Advanced Data Analysis by Combining Soft Computing and Statistics

- The book aims to describe how soft computing and statical methods can be used together to improve data analysis
- Advances research in soft computing and statical methods for data analysis
- Written by leading experts in the field
Soft computing, as an engineering science, and statistics, as a classical branch of mathematics, emphasise different aspects of data analysis.
Soft computing focuses on obtaining working solutions quickly, accepting approximations and unconventional approaches. Its strength lies in its flexibility to create models that suit the needs arising in applications. In addition, it emphasises the need for intuitive and interpretable models, which are tolerant to imprecision and uncertainty.
Statistics is more rigorous and focuses on establishing objective conclusions based on experimental data by analysing the possible situations and their (relative) likelihood. It emphasises the need for mathematical methods and tools to assess solutions and guarantee performance.
Combining the two fields enhances the robustness and generalisability of data analysis methods, while preserving the flexibility to solve real-world problems efficiently and intuitively.

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2012 | Action Number: 871

Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe

The Action wanted to improve and apply technologically advanced techniques for plant genetic resources conservation of crops that are grown and/or conserved in Europe with the main emphasis on long-term conservation through cryopreservation.

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2012 | Action Number: FA1002

Journal of Proteomics - Special Issue: Farm Animals Proteomics

2012 | Action Number: 734

Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in Europe - Final Report of COST Action 734

  • Author(s): Orlandini, S., Nejedlik, P. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Firenze University Press

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2012 | Action Number: FA0701

Manipulative Tenants: Bacteria Associated with Arthropods

Manipulative Tenants: Bacteria Associated with Arthropods introduces the fascinating world of bacteria-arthropod associations with an emphasis on the bacterial partner. Written by an interdisciplinary team of international contributors, this book provides an overview of the diversity of bacterial symbionts identified to date as frequent partners of terrestrial arthropods. It discusses primary (obligatory) symbionts as well as the most abundant secondary (facultative) symbionts currently known. 

Summarizing the most up-to-date information available on each symbiont, the book presents a synopsis of the field from the bacterial angle. Chapters examine Proteobacteria, including Sodalis and Wigglesworthia in tsetse flies and Stammerulaand other symbiotic bacteria in fruit flies, as well as Bacteroidetes such as Blattabacterium and Cardinium. The book also identifies questions that emerge from the study of these systems. This comprehensive reference introduces the topic of bacteria-arthropod associations to researchers who are not familiar with it, enlarges the scope of knowledge of those who are, and provides a textbook for students in microbiology and other branches of biology.

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2012 | Action Number: 635

The INTERCAFE Field Manual: research methods for cormorants, fishes, and the interactions between them

  • Pages: 142
  • Author(s): Carss, D.N., Parz-Gollner, R. & Trauttmansdorff, J.
  • Publisher(s): NERC (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-906698-08-9

INTERCAFE COST Action 635 Final Report II

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2012 | Action Number: 635

Cormorants and the European Environment; exploring cormorant status and distribution on a continental scale

  • Pages: 126
  • Author(s): van Eerden, M., van Rijn, S., Volponi, S., Paquet, J.-Y. & Carss, D.N.
  • Publisher(s): NERC (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-906698-07-2

INTERCAFE COST Action 635 Final Report I

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2012 | Action Number: 635

Essential social, cultural and legal perspectives on cormorant-fisheries conflicts

  • Pages: 281
  • Author(s): Marzano, M. & Carss, D.N.
  • Publisher(s): NERC (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-906698-11-9

INTERCAFE COST Action 635 Final Report IV

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2012 | Action Number: 635

Cormorant-fisheries conflicts in Carp pond areas in Europe and Israel

  • Author(s): Seiche, K., Gerdeaux, D., Gwiazda, R., Levai, F., Musil, P., Nemenonoks, O., Strod, T. & Carss, D.N.
  • Publisher(s): NERC (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-906698-10-2

INTERCAFE COST Action 635 Final Report V

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2012 | Action Number:

Regulating Restorative Justice. A comparative study of legislative provision in European countries

  • Author(s): Miers, D. and Aertsen, I.
  • Publisher(s): Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, Frankfurt am Main

2012 | Action Number:

Regulating Restorative Justice- A comparative Study of Legislative Provision in European Countires

  • Author(s): David Miers and Ivo Aertsen
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-86676-232-9

The purpose of this new study, which originates from COST Action A 21, is to take forward the existing materials contained in Mapping Restorative Justice and in other European overviews. This new book provides a deeper and more reflective account of the genesis and current significance of restorative justice provisions within 14 selected European countries. Each country contribution therefore addresses in great detail the background and contents of its legislation, both at primary and subordinate level. The authors in this book, not only evaluate their legal structures against applicable international standards, but they also analyse the social and political function of restorative justice legislation and they reflect on how different types of regulation further shape and determine restorative justice principles and practices.

2012 | Action Number: IS0906

Audience Research and media management

2012 | Action Number: IS0906

An introduction to public voice and mediated participation


Audience Evolution and the Future of Audience Research

  • Author(s): B. Mierzejewska, D. Shaver, P. Napoli
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This article considers how changes in audience behaviors and in audience information systems are affecting the future of academic audience research. This article first illustrates how changes in the media environment are undermining traditional approaches to audience research while also giving rise to alternative analytical approaches. This article then outlines the contours of a next-generation audience research agenda that reflects these ongoing conceptual and methodological developments. Reflecting these developments, this article next argues for a definition of ratings analysis that focuses not on a particular aspect of audience behavior (i.e., exposure), but on whatever forms of currency are employed in the audience marketplace. From this standpoint, the new media environment provides new forms of “ratings” that exist alongside—and integrate with—the old, and that can renew and revitalize the field of ratings analysis.

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