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

July 4, 2018

ANALYSIS OF CONNECTIVITY FROM KAKKANAD BOAT TERMINAL

The Vyttila- Kakkanad ferry service is a relief from the traffic congestion on the roads for the public commuters between Vyttila and Kakkanad mainly consisting of Infopark employees, staff and students of Rajagiri educational institute and commuters to the civil station […]
June 5, 2018

Pushing the need to revive public spaces; The Times of India, June 5, 2018

by Deepika Jayaram While rapid urbanisation seems to move at a relentless and inevitable pace, environmentalists have been stressing on the need for a sustainable model of development and even launching movements and agitations towards achieving this goal. Though a […]
May 14, 2018

Qualitative improvement sought in public transport; The Hindu, May 14, 2018

By John L. Paul | The Hindu | May 14, 2018 Transportation experts lay stress on comfort, safety, and crew behaviour Qualitative improvement in comfort and safety levels must go hand in hand with awareness programmes to popularise bus services […]
May 14, 2018

Less Regulations for a Better Commute- A Case Study on Taxi Aggregators in Kerala

 Click here to read the study: Less Regulations for a Better Commute- A Case Study on Taxi Aggregators in Kerala EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Taxi businesses faced a major threat from online taxi aggregator companies in the recent past. Though different state governments […]
May 10, 2018

Smart-moving Kochi: Enabling Intelligent Transportation Systems

Cities are powerhouses of growth, markets, innovation, and humanity. Cities are also complex organisms that evolve, thrive or perish with the collective actions of their occupants. An anthropological answer to human beings’ quest to build and live together, the way […]
May 8, 2018

Metro launches revamped cycle sharing project

The Hindu | Staff Reporter | May 8, 2018 50 cycles at 8 stations; free biking up to 100 hours a month It may have misfired in the first attempt, but that hasn’t stopped Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) from […]
May 5, 2018

More votaries now for public transport

Collector travels by metro, bus to office on Public Transport Day The rising public support for the monthly Public Transport Day in Kochi saw a host of senior government functionaries commute by public transport and bicycles to work and back on Friday. […]
April 25, 2018

Mobility and Mode Distribution in Kochi

Kochi agglomeration is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in southern India.With most of its commercial establishments and government offices located in a 94.88 sq. km area1 , a robust public transport framework is the key for a sustainable […]
April 20, 2018

First Friday of every month will be ‘Public Transport Day’ in Kochi; The New Indian Express, April 20, 2018

   The New Indian Express | April 20, 2018 KOCHI: Starting May 4 this year, the city will observe the first Friday of every month as the ‘Public Transport Day’. The initiative undertaken by the city-based Centre for Public Policy […]