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 3, 2015

Majority of Commuters Express Dissatisfaction over Boat Service, Metro Manorama 1st September, 2015

  Metro Manorama 1st September 2015 In Ernakulam district, more than 13,000 people use ferry service. In the study conducted by CPPR around fifty-six per cent of the passengers expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of the ferry service. Presently […]
August 19, 2015

City Taxis for Delhi- Why we need to be bothered

  Jayati Narain, Research Assistant at CPPR comments on the latest move by the Delhi Government over the City Taxi Scheme. According to her it is ironic that the autorickshaw, which was used by the Aam Admi Party(AAP) for much […]
August 13, 2015

Meet on Vytilla Hub to focus on funding mode, The Hindu; August 11th 2015

Meet on Vytilla Hub to focus on funding mode The Hindu; August 11th 2015 With public-private participation the ‘dominant option’ doing the rounds for the Rs 430-crore second phase development works of Vyttila Mobility Hub (VMH), Wednesday’s executive committee meeting […]
August 5, 2015

Pavements ‘too high’ for pedestrians in NCR, Hindustan Times, 25 July 2015

Madhu S, Director (Projects), Centre for Public Policy Research, comments in Hindustan Times about the condition of pavements for pedestrians in India     Footpaths missing in most localities, and those on main roads with heavy traffic are so high, people […]
July 29, 2015

Vyttila Mobility Hub is much more than a bus stand, Malayala Manorama, July 29th 2015

D. Dhanuraj, chairman of Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), writes about the Vytilla Mobility Hub, How it is much more than a bus stand, in Malayala Manorama, July 29th 2015     The Vytilla Mobility hub should be treated as […]
July 27, 2015

#MobiPrize 2015 is headed to India

UM-SMART’s MobiPrize is back and this time its in India!! The Mobiprize has become one of the major events honoring New Mobility enterprises and innovators that are making the world a better place through sustainable transportation innovation. All entrepreneurs addressing […]
July 17, 2015

Organisational Restructuring of Railway- A Possible Panacea (PART II)

By Roshni Rajiv* Role of Private Players Restructuring of the Indian Railway (IR) is a protracted process comprising of a series of actions. One of the desired actions put forth by the Committee is to introduce  private sector participation to operate […]
July 17, 2015

Organisational Restructuring of Railway- A Possible Panacea (PART I)

By Roshni Rajiv* Organisational restructuring of the Indian Railway has become the most indispensable policy proposed over the past years. Despite repeated efforts by various railway reform committees, this reform is yet to be implemented. Due to its archaic organisational structure, […]
July 13, 2015

Smart Public Transit Systems for Kochi

CPPR is involved in a part of the global study of ICRIER, New Delhi who are closely studying four rapidly growing secondary cities in India to understand the economic links between climate change adaptation and the city’s development and resilience. […]