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 8, 2020

It won’t be a smooth ride for Kochi Metro. Here’s why

“The metro wasn’t a sustainable option before Covid-19; now passengers are fewer. They continue to have the same or higher operational costs. Ensuring last-mile connectivity in the current scenario is a massive challenge and requires administrative debate,” comments CPPR Chairman […]
September 7, 2020

Experts cheer inclusion of KMTA in Kerala government’s 100-day action plan

“An institution alone is not enough. It must be manned by experts who have sound domain knowledge and the capacity to execute legislation or decisions. For this, an effective framework is required to coordinate among different stakeholders,” comments CPPR Chairman […]
September 7, 2020

Autos, taxis hope to revive business as Kochi Metro set to resume

“Issues of traffic snarls and parking woes can be addressed by improving public transport facilities,” comments CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj in a news report published in The Times of India As Kochi Metro resumes operations on Monday, the autorickshaw drivers […]
September 7, 2020

Illegal parking on rise, Kochi chokes

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The New Indian Express on the rise in number of illegal parking in the city. He comments “Streamlining parking is a challenging process. Kochi doesn’t have parking spaces for […]
September 7, 2020

CPPR COVID-19 Impact Survey

“The adverse impact of the pandemic on the economy is widely perceived to be more severe than its impact as a health crisis.”, reveals COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research, a public policy think tank […]
September 7, 2020

“COVID- 19 seen as a more serious threat to the economy than to health”, CPPR COVID-19 Impact Survey

“The adverse impact of the pandemic on the economy is widely perceived to be more severe than its impact as a health crisis.”, reveals COVID-19 Impact Survey conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research, a public policy think tank based […]
August 31, 2020

COVID-19 Impact Survey: COVID-19 Related Perceptions, Precautionary Behaviour and Response

The Centre for Public Policy Research undertook the COVID-19 Citizens’ Survey to explore the micro-level footprint of the pandemic and the lockdown during the transition period post lockdown. As the response to COVID-19 has been devised keeping the citizens’ needs […]
August 21, 2020

Private buses slam brakes in Kochi amid COVID-19 pandemic

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The New Indian Express. The city may be inching back to normal but it will take  more time for private buses to start plying. While over 800 buses conducted […]
July 21, 2020

Embracing Decentralisation to Speed-up Smart Cities Projects

The advances in science, revolutionary communication technology and the state-of-art engineering are not incompatible with the art of public policy making for building inclusive urban ecosystems to create livable cities for all. We need to create a robust urban ecosystem […]

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