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

February 9, 2021

Biodigester: An Antidote to Cities’ Septage Management Challenges

Studies have projected that India’s vantage point in the coming decades would be cities full of people, which means immense human potential, opportunities and capital resources. There is a huge scope to improve the current conditions of cities in India, […]
January 27, 2021

Despite new football turfs and stadiums, Kerala yearns for playgrounds

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The News Minute. He comments “We need space for the younger generation as well as for the elderly. A place where children can play and elders can do their […]
January 16, 2021

Kerala Budget 2021-22: Promises and Perils

Nissy Solomon & Praseeda Mukundan Kerala Budget 2021-22, presented by Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac, comes in the backdrop of an ailing economy. All the hopes were pinned on the Budget to set the economy on the right course, especially […]
January 14, 2021

Demand rife for phase-II development at Vyttila

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments, “Urban planners and civic bodies must step in to lessen the ensuing congestion by augmenting modes of public transport like state-of-the-art buses, so that commuters have alternatives to private vehicles” in a news article […]
December 18, 2020

Innovative Technology Enabling Effective Solid Waste Management in Tamil Nadu

The article discusses how an innovative incineration technology has been used in processing tonnes of solid waste in the State of Tamil Nadu to zero waste without pollution and creating byproducts with tangible economic values. It also points out at […]
December 5, 2020

Is Metro the solution to the public transport issues of Kochi city?

An in-depth analysis of the financial situation of Kochi Metro is called for, where on one side huge losses have accrued while on the other extensions are being planned. Amidst the pandemic, phase 1 of Kochi Metro became fully operational […]
December 4, 2020

Private Buses: A Major Mode of Public Transportation in Kerala

Private buses have played a very crucial role in the social and economic development of Kerala. The State had, in the past, a unique and enterprising model in providing public transport services. But unfavourable policy decisions taken by the government […]
November 28, 2020

Kochi’s Public Transport Issue: Is Metro the Solution? | #CityBeats

Recently Kochi Metro completed first phase with the opening of the last stretch between Thaikkudam and Petta. In this episode of City Beats, Praseeda Mukundan (Senior Research Associate, CPPR-Centre for Urban Studies) and Aiswarya Krishnan (Project Associate, CPPR-Centre for Urban […]
November 26, 2020

Govt may ask KMRL to revise Vyttila Hub DPR for phase 2 after LSG polls

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in article published in The New Indian Express. He comments “I think the word privatisation will lead to certain misunderstandings among the people. For the development of the hub, the governing council will have […]

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