Gabriel Dupuy received two PhDs from the University of Paris, one in Applied Mathematics and another in Social Sciences and Humanities. He started working in a consulting firm in the field of urban planning before returning to the University of Paris XII in an academic position in 1973. In 1976 Gabriel was appointed as a Director of the “Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris”, and five years later he became Dean of Curriculum at the “Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées”. In 1990, the French government created a national interdisciplinary research program on cities, and Gabriel was the Director of this program for five years.
Gabriel has studied the relations between cities and their transport systems for many years, with particular reference to the urban effects of car dependence. From an urban planning point of view, he proposes new solutions to urban organization, and he is particularly interested in the role of ICT in improving urban transportation policies.
He is currently Professor Emeritus of hte University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and is also affiliated with the Research Center “Géographie-Cités” (CNRS). He has taught and led research projects in various countries in North and South America. The Universty of Montreal, Canada, nominated him as Doctor Honoris Causa in 2012.
Gabriel has published a number of books and articles, among which are 10 books and several dozen articles in the field of transportation. His last two books are Towards Sustainable Transport: The Challenge of Car Dependence (John Libbey, 2011) and Villes, réseaux, transport, le défi fractal (Economica, 2017).