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.


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.

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September 29, 2020

Survey foresees low patronage for public transport in future

There will be a drastic reduction in demand for travel, triggered by changes like reduced job opportunities and work-from-home practices during the COVID times, finds a “Survey on the effects of COVID 19 on transportation: What the experts say”, conducted […]
September 25, 2020

കോവിഡ് കാലഘട്ടത്തിൽ പൊതുഗതാഗത ഉപയോക്താക്കളുടെ എണ്ണം കുത്തനെ കുറയും: സി‌പി‌പി‌ആർ ഗതാഗത സർവ്വേ

തൊഴിലവസരങ്ങൾ കുറഞ്ഞതും, പലരും വീട്ടിൽ ഇരുന്ന് ജോലി ചെയ്യുന്ന രീതി അവലംബിച്ചതും കോവിഡ് സമയത്ത് യാത്രാ ആവശ്യങ്ങളിൽ ഗണ്യമായ കുറവുണ്ടാക്കുമെന്നും, പൊതുഗതാഗത ഉപയോഗം കുത്തനെ കുറയുമെന്നും സെന്‍റർ ഫോർ പബ്ലിക് പോളിസി റിസർച്ച് (സിപിപിആർ) നടത്തിയ സർവ്വേ വെളിപ്പെടുത്തുന്നു. ഇനി മുതൽ യാത്രക്ക് ഏതു രീതി തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കണമെന്ന തീരുമാനത്തിന് അടിസ്ഥാനമാകുക സുരക്ഷാ ആശങ്കകളായിരിക്കും. പൊതുഗതാഗതത്തെ ആശ്രയിക്കാതെയുള്ള […]
September 25, 2020

Covid may have reduced the demand for public transport: Study

“There will be a drastic reduction in travel demand triggered by changes like reduced job opportunities and work from home practices during the Covid times,” cites the “Survey on the effects of Covid-19 on transportation: What the experts say” conducted […]
September 24, 2020

Effects of COVID-19 on Transportation: What the Experts Say

Transportation is one of the major sectors, which has been severely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey was conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) from June to July 2020, among experts from the […]
September 16, 2020

‘Better strategies could revive Kochi’s public transport system’

“There must be some urgent intervention from policy makers regarding revival of public transport systems. The state of public transport is a clear indicator of a crashing economy. Better strategies and more policies could revive the sinking system and attract […]
September 14, 2020

Public transport usage to dwindle post-pandemic: survey

The number of people using public transport is likely to come down post-pandemic restrictions, as they feel it may not be safe, according to a survey conducted by Centre for Public Policy Research here. Before the pandemic, six out of […]
September 14, 2020

Kochi’s traffic jams could be a thing of the past

“Congestion can be reduced and vehicles redirected — ITMS collates the same on an intelligent model. But, over a period of time, ideally, a database must be built comprising details regarding locations which are prone to traffic congestion and the […]
September 9, 2020

COVID-19 Impact Survey

This news report is on the COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by CPPR published in the Malayala Manorama on September 9, 2020.
September 9, 2020

Kerala is Super; says Survey

This news report is on the COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by CPPR published in the Deshabhimani on September 9, 2020.
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