Being a small child’s mother is an emotionally and physically demanding task. During this transitional phase, mothers are very dependent on the social support provided by the other members of the community and public services. This makes motherhood an ideal life stage to develop links with other women with children. Positive intra- and interethnic contacts in diverse neighbourhoods can be beneficial for the well-being of individuals and communities.


MAMANET is a  multidisciplinary project (social psychology and social policy).  It aims to analyse the quality and quantity of the reciprocal contacts of mothers living in the same neighbourhoods in Helsinki, Finland and about those interrelated factors that support or inhibit the development of such positive contacts. MAMANET focuses especially on contacts between mothers who live in multi-ethnic neighbourhoods. The research project relies on two studies: a large-scale survey and an ethnographic investigation.  The first results are aimed to be published in 2020. The project is funded until 2022.

Funding and co-operators

MAMANET is funded by Kone foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation and City of Helsinki. Project will be done in co-operation between Tampere University (Finland), Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom), the City of Helsinki (marternity and child health clinics and playground activities) and Tampere Centre for Childhood, Youth and Family Research.