MobileKids is a research project funded by the European Research Council and conducted by Prof. Laura Merla and her team of sociologists from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Families and Sexualities from the University of Louvain.

The project seeks to understand the lived experiences of children who grow up in separated or divorced families practicing shared physical custody arrangements in Belgium, France and Italy.

Our aim? Identify the specific needs of those children, based on their own accounts of their lives.


Our team studies how, and under what circumstances, children appropriate this mode of living and develop new abilities, practices, and ways of being that incorporate the capacity to maintain social relations in a multi-local context, including via the use of communication technologies.

In doing so, we hope to enrich the understanding of societies where geographical and virtual mobilities have become an integral part of social relations, and are increasingly shaping our daily experiences at a personal, family and professional level.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement number 676868.