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

May 9, 2013

Paratransit (Share auto)Study in Chennai

Executive Summary of Para-transit Study (Share auto and Maxi Cabs) in City of Chennai, India Chennai economy has been successful in enhancing the well-being of the state and its people.Most recent is the transformation to information based, knowledge-driven economy has […]
February 14, 2013

Study on Inland Water Transportation in Kochi City Region

The following research work conducted by Yogi Joseph of CEPT, Ahmedabad for CPPR aims to highlight the problems ailing the water transportation sector in Kochi. It relied upon extensive review of secondary data, people’s observations about the ferry system recorded […]
October 15, 2012

Parking Space in Kochi: Issues and Solutions

By  Zeenab Aneez All of India’s cities face an urban transport crisis. While issues such as poor connectivity, bad road quality, traffic congestion, air and noise pollution are constantly talked about, parking is seen as one having negligible effect on […]
October 12, 2012

The Pedestrian and the Road, February 2010

By Parijata Bharadwaj Road accidents have become a common occurrence and it is predicted that soon they will become the leading killers in today’s motorized world overtaking AIDS and Tuberculosis. The worst hit by these accidents are the pedestrians. This […]
October 11, 2012

Study on Muncipal Solid Waste Management in Kochi, October 2008

By Ajay Justin O This is a study on the waste management process carried out for the city by the Corporation of Cochin. The Study examines the existing waste management system in the Cochin City, critically study it, bring out […]
October 11, 2012

Pedestrian Friendly Shopping Plaza at M.G. Road, Kochi, June 2009

By J.Rekha Kammath The study attempts to suggest a traffic free model for M.G. Road, for the stretch from Medical Trust Hospital up to Madhawa Pharmacy. This stretch has numerous shopping centres and eateries and entertainment centres on either sides […]
October 11, 2012

Mobility Hub Feasibility study report

  Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) developed the feasibility report of this Mobility hub at the behest of the Confederation of Indian industry (CII) and Ernakulam District Administration. CPPR provided inputs that were futuristic and technology driven, ensuring the […]
October 6, 2012

Public-Private Partnership for Sustainable Urbanization of Cochin, September 2008

By Yashad Dongol This paper explores the importance of Public Private partnership in bringing about a sustainable urban development to the city of Kochi. There is lack of a proper strategy in implementing PPPs across the Kerala due to which […]
October 6, 2012

Pedestrian Audit Report, September 2008

A Pedestrian Audit is a species of the genus known as a Road Safety Audit; an initiative usually undertaken by governmental authorities to estimate the safety needs of the roads. It’s more than just a plain analysis. It seeks to […]