Social networks, fertility and wellbeing in ageing populations: Building demographics resilience in Finland (NetResilience)

The Social networks, fertility and wellbeing in ageing populations: Building demographic resilience in Finland (NetResilience) consortium investigates demographic change from the perspective of social networks.

NetResilience consortium includes four thematically interconnected research themes that explore the following questions:

  • How does fertility decline and population ageing reshape individual social networks?
  • How do social networks feed back to population change?
  • How can the interplay between social networks and institutions support the wellbeing and resilience of ageing populations?

Our main aim is to identify network characteristics that strengthen population resilience, or the ability to adapt to external shocks. We study how population change affects social networks, and how changing networks, in turn, shape population change and wellbeing.

Work packages

  1. Fertility and childbearing motivations
  2. Ageing Finns
  3. Regional perspective
  4. Temporal perspective
  5. Network methods


  • University of Turku
  • Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto)
  • University of Helsinki
  • Aalto University

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Antti Tanskanen Consortium leader+358 40 589 3980
Tiina Helamaa Interaction leader+358 50 348 9272