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

April 14, 2014

Lecture by Ms. Susan Zielinski on ‘Urban Mobility – Challenges, Practices and Innovations’

February 14, 2014

The Auto Rickshaw strike in Kochi – the policy imbroglio

The recent strike by the Auto Rickshaw drivers in Kochi City exposes the fundamental flaws in the Governance structure and policy note. Kochi is one of the emerging metro cities in South India having a total population of 1.8 million […]
November 21, 2013

Data Compilation on Urban Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) of Different States in India

This paper is purely a data compilation of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) among various cities in India. It describes and compares UMTA of five different Indian cities including Hyderabad, Chennai, Indore, Pune and Jaipur. UMTA acts as an umbrella body that already […]
November 21, 2013

Report on Nationalization of Inland Water Navigation

This paper deals with the Nationalization of Inland Water Transportation in Kerala. It takes a look into the major policy issues which have hampered the involvement of the private investors to participate in this sector. In Kerala however, the major […]
October 25, 2013

New set of don’ts too might fail motorists in Kochi, The Hindu, October 24th, 2013

The latest move to set additional restrictions for digging up freshly laid roads is unlikely to improve the condition of roads in the district if the effectiveness of prevailing mechanisms is anything to go by. The decision to set new […]
October 18, 2013

Policy Brief on National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP)

 Policy Brief on National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) prepared by CPPR for the Mayor of Cochin, Kerala, India Forming city specific Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with stakeholders. Guidelines and structure to be clearly laid out for the State Government and […]
September 19, 2013

Broken road drained fuel tanks, burnt hole in pockets, says study, The Hindu

Broken road drained fuel tanks, burnt hole in pockets, says study, The Hindu, September 15th, 2013   The approximate loss incurred by thousands of motorists and commuters who used an ill-maintained road has been quantified by a city-based NGO. Through […]
September 12, 2013

Study on Autorickshaws and Paratransit systems in Chennai

The Study on Autorikshaw and Para-transit system in Chennai was conducted by M/s Civitas Urban Solutions for City Connect Foundation, Chennai. CPPR provided research input for the study.
September 4, 2013

Ms Susan Zielinski, MD, SMART, Michigan University launches CPPR Urban Centre

Ms Susan Zielinski, MD, SMART, Michigan University launches CPPR Centre for Urban Studies  on September 2nd, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala. Through the focus study centre, CPPR offers to provide a strong solution base with a key emphasize on the mobility that influences […]