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.


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.

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June 18, 2020

Private Bus Operations in Kerala: Challenges and Way Ahead

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) hosted a live online discussion on the topic “‘Private Bus Operations in Kerala: Challenges and Way Ahead.” on June 17 (Wednesday), 2020. Speakers of the session: Dr D Dhanuraj (Chairman, Centre for Public Policy […]
June 16, 2020

“COVID 19 & Urbanisation: Reimagining Our Urban Development Goals”

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) hosted a live webinar on “COVID-19 & Urbanisation: Reimagining Our Urban Development Goals” on June 9, 2020. Mr Raj Cherubal, CEO-Chennai Smart City Limited, was the guest speaker […]
June 15, 2020

Private Bus Operations in Kerala: Challenges and Way Ahead

Even after the lifting of lockdown restrictions, private bus operations are reeling under the pressure of reduced occupancy, high taxes and rising fuel charges. With revenue from the fleet dwindling, the bus operators are struggling to even meet crew salaries. […]
June 15, 2020

Automobile sector gathers speed, new registrations show upward trend in Kerala

CPPR, Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments the boom in vehicle sales could hit the public transportation culture in the state in a news article published in The New Indian Express. Perhaps, it is the desire to own a new set […]
June 11, 2020

COVID 19 & Urbanisation: Reimagining Our Urban Development Goals

CPPR- Centre for Urban Studies, Senior Research Associate Praseeda Mukundan talks to Raj Cherubal, CEO Chennai Smart City Limited in a webinar hosted by CPPR-CVV on “COVID 19 & Urbanisation: Reimagining Our Urban Development Goals” on June 9, 2020. Raj […]
June 9, 2020

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June 8, 2020

Kochiites continue to choke drains with waste, fatbergs

CPPR chairman Dr D Dhnauraj comments in a article published in The Times of India on the drainage issue of Kochi corporation. He says “we need to take all stakeholders into confidence and build a mechanism to address the issue,” […]
June 3, 2020

സൈക്കിൾ:പരിസ്ഥിതിക്കും മനുഷ്യനും

The first casualty of COVID-19 is the public transport sector. As social distancing norms are here to stay, private vehicles have come to rule the roads. Today as we celebrate the World Bicycle Day, Dr D Dhanuraj and Praseeda Mukundan […]
May 21, 2020

Transfer powers of DMs to mayors to solve urban issues

One of the conditions laid down by the Centre for the state governments to increase their borrowing limit is to ‘bring in reforms to streamline the revenue of urban local bodies (ULBs)’. Though this has been in the discussion since […]

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