Inequality concepts and theories in the postcrisis Europe

UPLIFT project aims to understand the underlying processes of the reproduction of urban social inequalities and the responses given in this situation in terms of possible public policy interventions to the inequality trap. The success of an intervention is based on identifying and understanding the drivers of inequalities and their interdependencies. UPLIFT has recognized the significance of the position of adolescents and young adults in terms of their opportunities and constraints and aims to provide a comprehensive empirical analysis of the broader structural, institutional and local, context-specific developments. This report sums up key social science concepts, theories, and debates related to inequality supporting the scientific design of UPLIFT.

UPLIFT project concerns social and economic developments in Europe in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and it focuses on the dynamics in functional urban regions of different sizes and different national contexts.