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

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 […]
February 5, 2015

Indian Railway Re-Organization

Indian Railway Today, Indian Railways is the third largest railway network in the world. It transports 23 million passengers every day and 2.65 million tonnes of freight traffic. The vision of Indian Railway is to provide safe, efficient, affordable, customer […]
January 28, 2015

Intermediate Para-Transit (IPT) systems: A case of private players in a sector of government monopoly

Abstract Transport sector in India has immense growth opportunities and is posed to grow enormously in the future. However, public transport sector has been waning thanks to government monopoly. Private sector involvement has been very limited. Bucking this trend has […]
December 30, 2014

E-Rickshaw in India

  E-Rickshaws are the latest entry in the Indian road and transport system. A flexible, non-polluting and affordable system, they have been playing a significant role in solving the last mile connectivity issue.  Due to the absence of rules and […]
December 30, 2014

Intermediate Para Transit (IPT) Sector in India

Intermediate Para Transit (IPT) is a system to facilitate flexible passenger transportation that does not necessarily follow fixed routes and schedules under the public domain. They provide two types of services: one involving trips along a more or less defined […]
December 22, 2014

Autonomics- The Economics behind Autorickshaw, The Hindu

AUTONOMICS Based on a series in The Hindu Newspaper dated November 15, 2014 AJAI SREEVATSAN PTI Chennai’s auto woes may not be a simple pricing problem, but a system problem. What is the economics behind the autorickshaw trade in Chennai? […]
December 17, 2014

Taxi rape — Blame governments, not Uber, The NewYork Post, 14th December

Taxi rape — Blame governments, not Uber By Nicole Gelinas December 14, 2014 | 10:17pm Last year, British supermarkets had to limit parents’ baby-formula purchases — because Chinese visitors were buying up all the Western product to take home. The Chinese tourists trusted global […]
December 17, 2014

Motor Vehicle Law Applies Brakes on Shared Autorickshaw Proposal, The New Indian Express, 10th Dec

Motor Vehicle Law Applies Brakes on Shared Autorickshaw Proposal By Krishnachand K, Nidheesh M K and Anilkumar T Published: 10th December 2014 KOCHI: There is one barrier which is stopping Kochi from introducing share auto system and that is an amendment of […]
September 15, 2014

Road transport and safety bill is what Kochi requires, Times of India, September 15

  Times of India, 15th September KOCHI: Proposals in the draft Road Transport and Safety Bill are just what the doctor ordered and Kochi urgently needs to implement, according to transport experts in the city. Over the years, public pressure […]