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.


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.

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September 16, 2020

‘Better strategies could revive Kochi’s public transport system’

“There must be some urgent intervention from policy makers regarding revival of public transport systems. The state of public transport is a clear indicator of a crashing economy. Better strategies and more policies could revive the sinking system and attract […]
September 14, 2020

Public transport usage to dwindle post-pandemic: survey

The number of people using public transport is likely to come down post-pandemic restrictions, as they feel it may not be safe, according to a survey conducted by Centre for Public Policy Research here. Before the pandemic, six out of […]
September 14, 2020

Kochi’s traffic jams could be a thing of the past

“Congestion can be reduced and vehicles redirected — ITMS collates the same on an intelligent model. But, over a period of time, ideally, a database must be built comprising details regarding locations which are prone to traffic congestion and the […]
September 9, 2020

COVID-19 Impact Survey

This news report is on the COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by CPPR published in the Malayala Manorama on September 9, 2020.
September 9, 2020

Kerala is Super; says Survey

This news report is on the COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by CPPR published in the Deshabhimani on September 9, 2020.
September 9, 2020

കോവിഡ് പ്രതിരോധത്തിൽ കേരളീയര്‍ ഏറെ സംതൃപ്തര്‍

കൊച്ചി ആസ്ഥാനമായി പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന സെന്റർ ഫോർ പബ്ലിക് പോളിസി റിസർച്ച് ഇന്ത്യയിലെ പ്രധാന സംസ്‌ഥാനങ്ങളെ ഉൾപ്പെടുത്തി നടത്തിയ ‘കോവിഡ്-19 സ്വാധീന സർവ്വേ’ യിൽ മഹാമാരിക്കെതിരെ സംസ്ഥാന സർക്കാരുകൾ സ്വീകരിച്ച പ്രതിരോധ നടപടികളിൽ കേരളത്തിൽ നിന്നുള്ളവർ വലിയ സംതൃപ്തി പ്രകടിപ്പിച്ചതായി കണ്ടെത്തി. കോവിഡ്-19ന്‍റെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ ജനങ്ങളുടെ തയ്യാറെടുപ്പുകളെക്കുറിച്ചും, പ്രതിസന്ധിയെ ഗവൺമെന്റ് എങ്ങനെ നേരിടുന്നു എന്ന അവരുടെ കാഴ്ചപ്പാടുകൾ […]
September 9, 2020


“Waterlogging is a legacy issue for Kochi and flood-like situations are not new. However, there has been uptick in this in recent years due to unplanned development and haphazard construction, which has interfered with the city’s open canal drainage system,” […]
September 9, 2020

Keralites happy with govt’s response to the pandemic

Keralites were happier with their state government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic among all the major states in India, according to a Covid-19 impact survey conducted by the Kochi-based Centre for Public Policy Research.The report spotlighted Covid-19-related perceptions, precautionary behaviours, […]
September 9, 2020

Keralites happy with state govt’s Covid efforts: Survey

The Covid-19 impact survey conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) found that the respondents from Kerala expressed the highest degree of satisfaction with their state government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, among all the major states in […]

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