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

June 15, 2015

Uncertainty clouds phase II of Vyttila mobility hub’s expansion plans, The Hindu; June 15th

Uncertainty clouds phase II of Vyttila mobility hub’s expansion plans Mode of financing yet to be finalised The Hindu, June 15th, 2015 Uncertainty over the mode of financing the second phase development works of Vyttila mobility hub persists, even as […]
June 15, 2015

Road Safety in India- Still in Coma

“It’s Road Safety, Not Rocket Science” is the road safety program of the city of Philadelphia cites Pallavi Rachel George, Research Intern at CPPR in her blog article on Road Safety in India. She mentions how we have not progressed […]
May 18, 2015

Kochi development plan based on whim, errors galore; Deccan Chronicle, 17th May

Kochi development plan based on whim, errors galore DC CORRESPONDENT | May 17, 2015 KOCHI: The appraisal report of the City Development Plan (CDP) submitted by Kochi Corporation provides a glimpse of the lackadaisical approach of the mandarins of the local […]
April 11, 2015

Corp plans to introduce share autos on bylanes, Times of India, 9th April 2015

Corp plans to introduce share autos on bylane Apr 09 2015 : The Times of India (Kochi) As city road improvement project initiated by Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) progresses, the Kochi corporation gears up to take forward plans for […]
April 1, 2015

Urban Space Dialogue- CPPR and Biennale

Biennale seminar calls for lending aesthetics to urban spaces metrokerala on March 23, 2015 Kochi, Mar 23: The Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) has not only brought cutting-edge contemporary art to Kochi, but helped revive this once-buzzing port town by infusing its sleepy […]
March 24, 2015

Urban Space Dialogue- A fusion of creativity and reality

The First Urban Space Dialogue in Kerala organised by Centre for Public Policy Research Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) in partnership with Kochi Muzuris Biennale Foundation (KMB) turned out to be a fusion of creativity and reality as artists, architects […]
March 11, 2015

CPPR partners with Kochi Biennale for Urban Space Dialogue

  CPPR is partnering Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) Foundation for the first Urban Space Dialogue in Kochi, Kerala. The Kochi Muziris Biennale is a platform for contemporary art held in Fort Kochi and nearby locations which has attained international attention through its […]
March 10, 2015

E-Rickshaw Bill Passed!! Why we need to celebrate

E-Rickshaw bill was passed by Lok Sabha (People’s Assembly) last week setting it clear that Government wanted to push mobility of people to the forefront. From now E-Rikshaws are a legalised system which was effectuated by an amendment to the […]
February 25, 2015

Getting the Railways back on track

In this article, Roshni Rajiv puts forward eight suggestions to reform the current rail structure in tune with the needs of the 21st century* Indian Railways is more than 150 years old and has played a vital role in the […]