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

February 12, 2020

Electric vehicles fail to get traction in Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a published in The New Indian Express on Electric vehicles. As going sustainable becomes the mantra, electric vehicles become the future. While everyone, from governments to NGOs, bats for e-vehicles, the latest being […]
February 11, 2020

Why residents in these Kochi suburbs find it challenging to depend on public transport

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The News Minute. The article is part of it’s series of stories on the state of public buses across south Indian cities. Kochi is the largest and most populous […]
February 10, 2020

India’s plan to develop smart cities in PPP mode needs more clarity

In the recent Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government is proposing to develop five new smart cities in collaboration with states in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. But, there is a question mark on the ‘public’ involvement […]
February 7, 2020

KMRL invites Kochiites to join #PublicTransportDay

Kerala is on the go-green bandwagon since the new year. In tune with the plastic ban for a better tomorrow, Kochi Metro Rail Limited has strengthened its #PublicTransportDay initiative. The green metro is now observing Fridays as the day for […]
February 7, 2020

District authorities bank on residents, eye better ranking

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The Times of India on Citizen perception survey for the next edition of Ease of Living index which is underway in Kochi. He says that we should not take such surveys […]
February 3, 2020

Budget 2020 ticked infra boxes, but missed some too

Neethu Nair and Aiswarya Krishnan The Union finance minister in her Budget speech reiterated the government’s commitment to Rs 103 lakh-crore of investment for the infrastructure sector, as underlined in the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP). Earlier, the Economic Survey 2019-20 […]
January 31, 2020

“Silver line”semi high speed corridor : Is it worth the money?| #CityBeats

Recently the centre approved Rs. 56443 crores for semi-high speed rail corridor between Trivandrum and Kasaragod for easier and faster commutation. In this episode of City Beats, Dr Dhanuraj (Chairman- CPPR) and Aiswarya Krishan (Project Associate, CPPR-Centre for Urban Studies) […]
January 31, 2020

Govt must not lower its guard on infrastructure

Infrastructure development has been a major focus of the incumbent government. This sentiment was reflected in the Budget speech by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in July 2019 when she announced investment worth Rs 100 lakh-crore for the sector for five […]
January 8, 2020

Kochi Metro to observe Public Transport day on every Friday

With the aims to promote uses of public transport and curb vehicular pollution in the city, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has planned to observe Public Transport Day on every Friday of the week starting from January 3, 2020. […]
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