Urban PoLicy Innovation to address inequality with and for Future generaTions

UPLIFT will develop an innovative approach to urban policy design for reducing socio-economic inequalities. Traditional policies do not respond properly to the strategies and behaviours of vulnerable households and are less effective in reducing inequalities. UPLIFT aims to develop a Reflexive Policy Agenda through participatory co-creation: with the inclusion of vulnerable policy beneficiaries, the project will yield context-specific, flexible, adaptable policies, with appropriate feedback mechanisms.

Attribution: Mark Ahsmann, 2008

In particular, UPLIFT addresses housing exclusion as one of the most evident forms of socio-economic inequality. Indeed, in the Amsterdam context accessing the housing market is increasingly challenging for young households. The project aims to understand how vulnerable young adults in Amsterdam adapt on a micro level to decreasing housing opportunities, increasing social inequality and narrowing social mobility. It aims to create a housing policy agenda which is able to incorporate these micro-level perspectives and coping strategies into its intervention logic through participatory co-creation.


Programme:Horizon 2020
Grant amount:€ 2.998.500
Contribution to TU Delft: € 354.062
Grant number: 870898
Role TU Delft: Project partner
Project duration:January 2020 - December 2022
TU Delft researchers:                Dr. Joris Hoekstra
Ir. Martina Gentili
Prof.dr.ir. Marja Elsinga

Project partners

MRI, UTartu, Fundacion Deusto, Suppedito, CESIS, The Young Foundation, URBANPLUS, TARKI, ICLEI EURO, Uppsala Universiteit, De Key, AEYC, Ayuntamiento de Barakaldo, GAL Sepsi

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870898