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

October 9, 2017

Metro earns highest revenue on Sundays, public holidays; The Times of India, October 8, 2017

Sudha Nambudiri | TNN | Oct 8, 2017 KOCHI: For Kochi Metro, Sundays and public holidays are the biggest revenue earning days. According to information on passenger ticket collection received through Right to Information Act (RTI), the highest single day collection earned […]
September 12, 2017

Corporation to focus on public transport; The Times of India, September 11, 2017

Greeshma Gopal Giri | The Times of India | September  11, 2017 KOCHI: The corporation and other road owners in the city are struggling to scientifically widen and relay roads as the number of private vehicles are on the rise. […]
August 11, 2017

Accident hotspots pose a challenge to NMT plans; The Hindu, August 11, 2017

Mishaps take place mostly at intersections of major roads in areas close to city Staff Reporter| Kochi| August 11, 2017 Even as Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) proposes to promote non-motorised transport (NMT) along the metro corridor in a big […]
July 31, 2017

CPPR proposes to develop public transport in IT hub; The New Indian Express, July 29, 2017

By Express News Service | 29th July 2017 KOCHI: Well, the lack of transport connectivity to Infopark at Kakkanad is ironical given the fact its rapidly growing workforce of 30,000 is a hugely privileged lot with cutting-edge technology and other […]
July 24, 2017

Making a Difference- Kochi Metro Sets the Bar High

The Kochi Metro, Kerala’s first metro service, is the dream, pride and progress of a state and a nation. Kerala has proved that it is equipped for adopting innovative initiatives in tune with changing times. The Kochi Metro enjoys the […]
July 17, 2017

The Right to Walk

With the exponential growth in the number of personal vehicles in Kerala in the last two decades, the pedestrian sidewalks started disappearing from our cities at an alarming rate. Most of the discussions on urban mobility have focussed on motorised […]
July 4, 2017

Workshop Report on “Connecting dots on Public Transport” at Infopark, Kochi

Infopark, the IT hub of Kochi, is a traffic conundrum. The area is outside the ambit of public transport and the companies and their clients are at a loss in managing parking spaces. ‘Connecting Dots on Public Transport’, a report […]
May 10, 2017

Metro service trials begin today; The Hindu, May 10, 2017

STAFF REPORTER | The Hindu | May 10, 2017 KMRL to offer discounts to frequent commuters; smart cards to be launched this month The Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is all set to begin service trials using seven trains on […]
May 10, 2017

Act fast on UMTA to finalise bus rapid corridors: experts; The Hindu, May 10, 2017

by John L. Paul | The Hindu | May 10, 2017 Act needs to be promulgated to ready mobility plan Stakeholders in Kochi’s transportation sector have demanded that the State government take steps for speedy promulgation of the Unified Metropolitan […]