Jean-Paul Thibaud, sociologist and urban planner, is senior researcher at CNRS. Researcher at Cresson (Research Center on Sonic Space and the Urban Environment, UMR1563 Ambiances Architectures Urbanités). His field of research covers the theory of urban ambiances, ordinary perception in urban environment, sensory culture and ethnography of public places, anthropology of sound, and qualitative in situ methodologies. He has directed the CRESSON research laboratory and has founded the International Ambiances Network (www.ambiances.net). Jean-Paul Thibaud has published numerous papers on urban ambiances and has co-edited several books on this field of research.