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

November 8, 2018

PROPOSAL FOR A WALKWAY AT KAKKANAD BOAT TERMINAL

Like any other rapidly growing Indian city, improving connectivity is a major challenge faced by Kochi. Even though the city has the potential to develop an integrated transport system comprising of different transit modes, the ground situation is that in […]
October 9, 2018

Tax, fuel price hike put a spoke in Kochi buses’ wheel

*The news story published on The Hindu, quoting CPPR Chairman, Dr. D. Dhanuraj’s comment on challenging scenario of private bus operators in Kochi. Over 800 private buses have disappeared from city roads in the past nine years Is the number […]
September 29, 2018

Spearheading the discussion on nationalisation of bus routes

The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) conducted a discussion on ‘Nationalisation of bus routes’ headed by Mr. Antony B J (former Ernakulam Regional Transport Officer (RTO) and Advisor to Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) on September 18, 2018, at […]
August 31, 2018

An Assessment of the Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) Sector in India

The improvements in infrastructure coupled with the growth in population has created tremendous demand for transportation services. The city buses and other mass transit systems often fall short in meeting this demand, resulting in people relying on alternative modes like […]
August 29, 2018

Paving the way for the para-transit sector

There is a growing need to pave way for the Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) sector in India, starting with recognising, legalising and integrating it as a part of our transport system. This will enhance the first and last-mile connectivity and […]
August 14, 2018

IPTs in an Integrated Urban Transport System

In a populous country like India, integration of Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) with the mass transit systems is essential considering the steep rise in demand and the haphazard growth of the urban transport sector in India. Read more on ‘IPTs […]
August 2, 2018

The Curious Case of the Missing Feeder Systems

With the rapidly changing service industries inculcating innovation and flexibility, a crucial segment that has been sidelined, almost rendered invisible by policy makers has been the feeder services sector. Read more on ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Feeder Systems‘, […]
July 23, 2018

Potholes & traffic make driving in the city a torment

A news story on The New Indian Express, quoting CPPR’s study which pinpointed the uneconomical vehicle speeds caused by the bad condition of roads in the city. Click on the link to read the detailed news story:  Potholes & traffic make driving in the city […]
July 19, 2018

The Introduction of Autonomous Vehicles in India

“When a revolutionary technology such as autonomous vehicles is expected to come into the Indian market, policymakers must be smart enough to make regulations that ensure their smooth passage”, writes  Vishal Vinod, intern at Centre for Public Policy Research in his […]