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

March 11, 2020

Elaboration of a Sustainable Public Transport and IPT Scenario for Puducherry Agglomeration

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is a consultant for the study on “Elaboration of a Sustainable Public Transport and IPT Scenario for Puducherry Agglomeration”. The project is initiated by the Transport Department of Puducherry Government with the support of AFD […]
March 6, 2020

Boosting Infrastructure Development: A Panacea for Economic Growth

The government has a tough job at hand in trying to revive the economy as private investment in the infrastructure sector has been on the decline for the past several years. The incremental increase in the budgetary allocations every fiscal […]
March 2, 2020

Kochi: Onus on civic body to ensure quality of water , say experts

CPPR Chairman, Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in the The Times of India. He says “Citizens are entitled to safe drinking water. Corporation’s health squads have the power to check the documents produced by the truck […]
March 2, 2020

Trichy’s Initiatives to Enhance Ease of Living

The article discusses the challenges before the Trichy City Corporation in achieving the vision of ‘ease living for all’. It also sheds light on how a slew of innovative initiatives undertaken by it, involving citizens in most of the programmes, […]
February 21, 2020

‘Green corridor’ to boost seamless commute

The 2.5-km-long ‘green corridor’ proposed between Ernakulam Town (North) and Junction (South) railway stations is expected to augment seamless integration between different commuting modes, with its promoter agencies set to brainstorm this week on directly linking it with the KSRTC […]
February 20, 2020

Is Kochi losing all its public spaces? | #CityBeats

How are designated built public spaces changing their use with time. Are they being lost to activities such as encroachments,parking,anti-social activities etc.?What are the reasons responsible for this and how can it be solved?
February 18, 2020

Officials take foot off pedal; buses keep doors open

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The New Indian Express. He says government should help in modernising the vehicles by giving a subsidy, thereby promoting public transport. A dedicated lane for private buses and scientific designing […]
February 14, 2020

Can Good Governance Fetch better Ranking for Erode City?

The article discusses different factors that have led to the poor performance ranking of Erode City at the national level on different parameters assessed over the past years and puts forward a few suggestions for improvement. Poor Ranking of Erode […]
February 14, 2020

Is the bullet train a priority?

The bullet trains and the high-speed trains are in the news for the last few weeks. After taking charge as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray announced that the bullet train project worth Rs 1 lakh-crore investment, connecting Ahmedabad […]
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