COST Action is an interdisciplinary research network that brings together researchers and innovators to investigate a topic of their choice for four years. They are typically constituted by researchers from the academia, SMEs, public institutions and other relevant organisations or interested parties.

The COST programme has been nourishing open and inclusive networks of excellence in all scientific domains and has established itself as a platform where people and ideas can grow and foment global connections. It has been contributing very effectively to the internationalisation of research and innovation, as well as to a system of global cooperation in science and technology.

The COST intergovernmental framework consists of 40 members (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, The Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom), one cooperating member (Israel) and one partner member (South Africa). 

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At the moment, CECC is integrated in the following COST Action: 


CECC COST Action-famílias transnacionais

CA21143: Transnational Family Dynamics in Europe (TraFaDy)

(from 3.10.2022 to 2.10.2026)

The main aim of this Action is to bring together researchers and stakeholders from different disciplines and countries to address the need for transnational insights into transnational families (TNF), while a growing and rapidly changing phenomenon. During the four years of the project, researchers will monitor current trends in fields such as migration, technology and politics, seeking to deepen and broaden scientific and policy understanding of TNF.

The Action is structured into 4 thematic working groups (WGs), each one addressing critical areas in terms of research, practice and policy:

  • WG 1: Kinkeeping within TNF in a global and digital era;
  • WG 2: Integrating the perspective of vulnerable children and young people in social welfare and policy;
  • WG 3: Social rights and social protection of transnational families;
  • WG 4: Health and well-being of TNF;
  • WG 5: Methodological progress;
  • WG 6: Clear and tangible recommendations for stakeholders and policy makers.

CECC researcher Carlos Barros is co-leader of WG 4, by designation of the FCT-Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and with the support of Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

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CECC researchers have also participated in other COST Actions over the last decade:

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