Sydney Baloue joined Ecologic Institute as a Transatlantic Fellow. Her research focused on urban sustainability, smart grids, consumer behavior, transatlantic relations and energy security. Sydney is a native English speaker, is professionally proficient in French, and has an intermediate level of German.
Sydney worked on the European research project Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO) funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program (FP7). She was also working on the transatlantic project entitled Towards an Atlantic Area? Mapping Trends, Perspectives and Interregional Dynamics between Europe, Africa and the Americas (ATLANTIC FUTURE), which is also funded by the EU Commission and maps trends, perspectives, and interregional dynamics in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. She recently served as rapporteur for the second annual European Think Tank Summit hosted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), which was held in Barcelona in March 2014. Sydney served as lead rapporteur at the first annual European Think Tank Summit held at the US Embassy in Rome in November 2012 and developed the summit's final report [pdf, 2 MB, English] and joint communique [pdf, 145 kB, English]. She also contributed to the project Comparing Consumer Preferences for Smart Homes in the UK, Germany and Italy, which is related to consumer preferences in smart grid home area network (HAN) technologies, as well as the project Transition towards Low-Carbon Energy Security (MILESECURE 2050), which is part of the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). She also contributed to the project Optimal Policy Mix for Long-term EU Climate Targets (CECILIA2050), which concerns researching European climate policy instruments.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Sydney Baloue was a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin, Germany). Her research focused on the institutional role of independent regulatory structures and the socio-political factors affecting energy liberalization in both the UK and Germany. Prior to that, Sydney interned at the US Senate in 2009 in Washington, DC and researched cap-and-trade legislation, among other energy and environmental issues. She also worked as a Fellow at Americans for Energy Leadership in Washington, DC and in 2011 worked as a Summer Associate at the Greenlining Institute in Berkeley, California.
Sydney graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with a bachelor's degree in political science and French studies. She completed a full academic year at Sciences Po-Paris (France) as an exchange student.