Dr. Marianne Kjellén

Position at SIWI: Programme Director, UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI
Email: marianne.kjellen@siwi.org
Phone: +46 8 121 360 44


Dr. Marianne Kjellén leads and develops the thematic area of Water Governance and manages the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI.
Dr. Kjellén and her team completed the Democratic and Economic Governance Knowledge Management (DEG-KM) initiative in support of a number of Water Supply and Sanitation programmes, most of them in Latin America. The DEG-KM initiative, funded by the Millennium Development Goal Achievement Fund (MDG-F), involved the analysis, documentation and dissemination of experience to support the programmes and for the wider adaptation and application of innovative approaches.

A related research partnership with the MDG-F – Transcultural Transparency – explores socio-cultural barriers and ways to overcome them for better access to sanitation and water services by indigenous communities.


Dr. Kjellén has over 20 years of professional experience and has carried out policy-related research and consultancy in the fields of water supply and sanitation, water governance and sector re-regulation, water resources monitoring, urban environmental management, health–environment linkages and gender issues. Most of her work relates to low-income settings.

Dr. Kjellén is an experienced lecturer and, taught courses at the University of Stockholm related to Environment and Urbanisation, Medical Geography and Economic Geography.


Prior to joining SIWI, Dr. Kjellén worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). At SEI she served as social and gender expert on the Knowledge Management Team of the Ecological Sanitation Research Programme; coordinated Water Resources and Sanitation group work; conducted management consultancies in water resources and environmental policy making; and managed environment and health studies, mainly in low-income urban areas.  Previous experience also includes work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tanzania.
Dr. Kjellén obtained her Ph.D. in Human Geography from Stockholm University in 2006, where she also worked for several years with lecturing and student supervision.