Sabine Barles obtained a civil engineering degree in 1988, a Master in city planning in 1989 (École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) and a Master in history of technology in 1989 (Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales). She received her PhD in urban planning in 1993 (École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) and herhabilitation in 2004 (Université Paris 1). She has been assistant professor, then professor at Institut Français d’Urbanisme and moved to Université Paris 1 in 2011. She is responsible of the research option of a Master Degree in urban planning.
She is member of Institut Universitaire de France since 2008 and director of the interdisciplinary research programme “Environment and the City” (CNRS and MEDDTL) since 2010. Her main research topics concern urban environmental history and history of urban technology (18th – 20th centuries), urban metabolism, territorial ecology and socio-ecological trajectories.