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

September 24, 2019

Make Smart Cities Mission citizen-centric

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the The Hindu on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

Smart Cities need Smart Citizens- Dr M Ramachandran

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Mathrubhumi on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

Smart Citizens are the strength of Smart City Mission

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Marunadan Malayali on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

The need of the hour is Smart Citizens

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Malayala Manorama on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

Smart Citizens are the strength of the Smart City Mission

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Madhyamam on September 21, 2019
September 24, 2019

Smart Cities need Smart Citizens- Dr M Ramachandran

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Kerala Kaumudi on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

Need to make smart city mission citizen-centric felt

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Devdiscourse on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

Smart cities need smart people to run them

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Deccan Chronicle on September 21, 2019.
September 19, 2019

Palarivattom flyover reconstruction: Traffic, environmental concerns ahead for Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in an article published in The News Minute on the reconstruction of the Palarivattom flyover. What does the reconstruction of the flyover mean for the motorists of Kochi who are already suffering because of […]