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

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 […]
April 12, 2018

Gender-sensitive Public Transport: Time to Walk the Talk

Public transport forms the backbone of an efficient urban mobility system of a city, spearheading its development and modernisation. The creation of economic opportunities and improved access to markets and services can be achieved through efficient mobility within a city. […]
April 5, 2018

Taxing Private Buses will do no Good for the Cause of Public Transport in Kerala – പൊതുഗതാഗതം; ഇനിയും ഇടപെട്ടില്ലെങ്കില്‍ സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നത് വന്‍ ദുരന്തം

Public transport is an inevitable part of a city’s development and private sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring the efficiency of public transport. But governmental regulations have taken a toll on the operations of private players in Kerala. What […]
February 2, 2018

From superstars and tigers to red, blue and green; The Times of India, February 2, 2018

Deepa Soman| The Times of India | Feb 2, 2018 Multi-coloured with artistic and often quirky designs on their bodies, with catchy names ranging from that of Gods and Goddesses to pop stars; private buses in Kerala have been style […]
January 25, 2018

Kochi Public Transport Day Inaugural

  Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), in association with the local self-government, various civil society organizations and the residents of Kochi, plans to conduct Kochi Public Transport Day; a year-long campaign to conduct studies to close the gaps in Kochi’s […]
January 24, 2018

‘Financially Independent Cities Will Be More Welfare Oriented’; BW SMARTCITIES, January 23, 2018

City governance is a complex system. The governance framework at the city level must be in sync with the with the culture, heritage, economy, competitiveness and institutions. That is the reason just constituting special purpose vehicle is not enough for […]
January 22, 2018

Transport Strike Part 2 in South India; The Lede, January 21, 2018

By Rejimon Kuttappan | JANUARY 21, 2018 | The Lede After Tamil Nadu, pensioners of the Kerala transport Corporation are demanding their unpaid pensions and other dues which have been pending for months now Muraleedharan K, a retired mechanic from the […]
January 9, 2018

Mission MG Road Makeover – How about Night Shopping?

Kochi is in a transitional phase. The commencement of the Kochi Metro, increasing rate of urbanisation, and being chosen as one of the 20 cities for the Smart Cities Mission have pressurised and animated this urban conglomeration. The Kochi Metro […]
January 4, 2018

Public Rental Housing under Social Security: A New Slant

The demand–supply mismatch in the rental housing market in India is enormous. What can be done to reduce the gap and ensure affordable rental housing units to the maximum number of people? Nimish Sany (Research Assistant, CPPR) writes about the challenges and […]