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 23, 2016

Lecture on ‘Logic of the Urban Contemporary: Geographies in the making (Kochi)’

Dr. Mathew A. Varghese, professor department of Political Science, Maharajas College, Ernakulam, will deliver a lecture on ‘Logic of the Urban Contemporary : Geographies in the making (Kochi)’, on  27th February 2016 at 11:30 am. The talk is organised by CPPR-CUS. Date: 27th February Time: […]
February 16, 2016

Call for Paid Internship

The Centre for Urban Studies is launching a study on:  Project implementation by Urban Local governments in Kerala. The study will focus on the legal and structural issues faced by local governments. The objective of the study is to gain a comprehensive understanding in related issues such as, waste management and public […]
January 12, 2016

The Unsustainability of the Odd-Even Scheme

  Jayati Narain, managing associate Centre for Urban Studies-CPPR, writes on  why the odd-even car scheme in Delhi is unsustainable and short sighted. http://reinventingcochin.blogspot.in/2016_01_01_archive.html
December 17, 2015

Regulating Taxi Service Aggregators

Jayati Narain, managing associate- CPPR Centre for Urban studies, writes about the policy issues surrounding the regulation of taxi service aggregators in India. Read more about this in our blog http://reinventingcochin.blogspot.in/2015/12/regulating-taxi-service-aggregators-by.html
November 7, 2015

Role of the Mayor- Moving Beyond a Figurehead

Jayati Narain, Managing Associate of Centre for Urban Studies writes about the challenges to be faced by the coming Mayor of Kochi. A key task being finding and reclaiming power within the administrative set up itself. Read more at http://reinventingcochin.blogspot.in/2015/11/role-of-mayor-moving-beyond-figurehead.html
October 29, 2015

Vehicle density in Kerala, Mathrubhumi, 22 October 2015

    Dr D Dhanuraj Chairman of Centre for Public Policy Research says the increase in number of private vehicles in road shows the shift in people’s use of private vehicles over public transport vehicles.
October 24, 2015

Determinants of the Cochin Corporation Election

Gowri S, who interned at CPPR, try’s to understand what according to local politicians are the determinants for the upcoming Cochin corporation elections. Read more at http://reinventingcochin.blogspot.in/2015/10/determinantsof-cochin-corporation.html
September 30, 2015

‘Thattukadas’ need space in Kochi, Deccan Chronicle, September 30, 2015

‘Thattukadas’ need space in Kochi Even as the city corporation is in the process of preparing the Smart City project proposal, a section of civic experts has stressed  the need for a proper policy  to regularise street food vendors, an […]
September 18, 2015

Urban local bodies need more teeth, Times of India, September 14th, 2015

Urban local bodies need more teeth Times of India, 14th September 2015 KOCHI: The Centre had asked state governments to strengthen urban schemes before they launched smart cities, Amrut and housing for all by 2022 projects. Union urban development minister […]