Centre for Urban Studies

The CPPR Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) focuses on urbanisation patterns and trends in aspects such as public space, urban mobility, infrastructure, technology, livelihood and citizenship. The centre aims to understand the contestation of space by different socio-economic groups and addresses the multiple realities that exist within a city. It also aims to meet the challenges of urban development by recommending better practices and innovative policy changes. This is done through the use of primary and secondary quantitative data, to support qualitative policy suggestions. CUS aims to work with public and private entities to ensure sustainability through shared ownership.

Advisors

Raj Cherubal

Raj Cherubal is the CEO, Chennai Smart City Limited. He is also Director-Projects for Chennai City Connect (CCC). At CCC, he has facilitated various projects on traffic, sustainable transportation and urban planning focused on pedestrians and pedestrianisation, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and integrated, multi-modal public transportation, sustainable solid waste management, restoration of urban water bodies, sustainable financing of urban infrastructure, redevelopment of business district and regional planning.

He has written and worked to promote decentralisation and good urban governance. Also to promote economic freedom for entrepreneurs, especially poor like street vendors and others in the informal sector and for their recognition as profit seeking entrepreneurs. He holds an MS in Physics from the University of Louisville and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked in the software industry in areas like computational physics, visualisation, telecom and finance.

Susan Zielinski

Susan Zielinski is former Managing Director of Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART), which is a project of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

She co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide ‘link tank’ that works to catalyse and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE. She has worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and liveability policies and initiatives.


See The Posts

September 17, 2019

A bus corridor on the anvil for Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments “Getting a space exclusively for buses may not be easy due to space issues in Kochi”, in news article published in The New Indian Express on the proposed bus priority corridor with IoT (Internet […]
September 16, 2019

Needed hefty fine and better infrastructure: Road safety experts

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments the government should create awareness among public before imposing the hiked penalty in a news article published in The Times of India related to Motor Vehicles (amendment) Act 2019 As the state government is […]
September 16, 2019

Free cycles? No thanks, not in Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The Times of India on challenges cycle share scheme will face due to the lack of cycling ecosystem in Kochi Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), which opened an […]
September 7, 2019

Potholes to burn Rs 90 crore hole in motorists’ purse during Onam

CPPR Chairman, Dr D Dhanuraj comments on the fuel cost and lost man hours caused by potholes and traffic congestion within the city in a news article published in The Times of India. Potholes in Kochi city will cost vehicle […]
September 6, 2019

Kochi metro Thykoodam Stretch: Will this be a game changer for commuters? | #CityBeats

New stretch of Kochi metro to Thykoodam was inaugurated recently. Can it increase the ridership of Kochi Metro? Will this be a game changer for the commuters of Kochi? Also will this take us closer to the dream of an […]
September 5, 2019

A single agency should be in charge of roads in city limits

Potholes on the roads have become an annual affair for Kochi, one of the leading metropolises in India. The recent Palarivattom flyover fiasco demands the audit of road repair works done in the past 10 years to find out the […]
September 2, 2019

Much to cheer about Kochi Metro extension to Thykoodam

Dr D Dhanuraj Chairman, CPPR comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express related to the Metro extension to Thykoodam The service will help people avoid the traffic snarls at  Vyttilla, Elamkulam and Kadavanthra In two days, […]
August 31, 2019

Kochi tram project gets a fillip, but apprehensions remain

In a article published in The New Indian Express D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research, comments in Kochi the Bus Rapid Transit System will work. While the Water Metro Project focuses exclusively on West Kochi, trams along the […]
August 27, 2019

MG Road needs creative solutions to save business

Merchants Blame Lack Of Adequate Parking Space For Loss Of Business MG Road is no longer the shopping destination it once used to be, and merchants are blaming it on the ‘lack of adequate parking space’ for the loss of […]