The UPLIFT consortium (led by the Metropolitan Research Institute) seeks to establish an innovative approach to urban policy design for reducing socio-economic inequalities. UPLIFT follows a multi-layer research method to map the processes and drivers of urban inequality in the post-crisis context. First, it uses macro level findings to contextualise micro level outcomes. It analyses the scale and dimensions of inequality in the EU, focusing on the national and regional (NUTS 2) scale. Second, it narrows down to sixteen functional urban areas looking at local inequality dimensions and drivers. On the third level come eight case studies, where micro-level analyses of vulnerability are carried out through the lens of youth (aged 15-29). On the fourth level UPLIFT co-creates reflexive policies with local stakeholders and communities.