Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Ms F.A. (Francine) van den Brandeler

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B4.01
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam

Francine is currently working on her PhD, under the supervision of Prof. Joyeeta Gupta, with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research (AISSR) and the Center for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA). This project examines how metropolitan water governance regimes can be made coherent and synergetic with integrated basin management regimes to address urban water challenges. Research will be carried out in São Paulo (Brazil) and Mexico City (Mexico) and will make use of the collective action model for managing the commons and an institutional analysis framework to study water governance mechanisms used by metropolitan and basin authorities. These Doctorate studies were made possible by a grant from the LASP program at CEDLA.

Prior to this, Francine obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University in 2010. In 2013, she graduated from the Research Master in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she focused on urban water governance in São Paulo, Brazil. During her Master studies, she was involved as a research assistant in the Chance2Sustain international research project. Following this, she has conducted fieldwork and research in São Paulo and in Maputo (Mozambique).

Hordijk, M.A., Brandeler, van den F. and Filippi, E. (under review) “Facing the Floods: Responses to increased rainfall in Guarulhos (Brazil) and Arequipa (Peru).” Presentation, International Workshop Living in Low-income Urban Settlements in an Era of Climate Change: Processes, Practices, Policies and Politics, October 2013, Manchester, United Kingdom.


van den Brandeler F, Hordijk M A, von Schönfeld K, Sydenstricker-Neto J (2014), “Decentralization, participation and deliberation in water governance: a case study of the implications for Guarulhos, Brazil”, Environment and Urbanization Vol 26, No 2.


van den Brandeler, F. van den, Hordijk, M., Sara, L. M., Sutherland, C., Sydenstricker-Neto, J. and Batata, A. (2013) Convergence or Divergence in Metropolitan Water Governance? Comparing Changes in Guarulhos (Brazil), Lima (Peru) and Durban (South Africa). 4° Encontro Internacional da Governança da Água Governança da Água: Dimensões Institucionais. ISBN: 978-85-86923-31-9. Available at: 




  • van den Brandeler, F., Gupta, J., & Hordijk, M. (2018). Megacities and rivers: Scalar mismatches between urban water management and river basin management. Journal of Hydrology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.01.001 


  • Hordijk, M., van den Brandeler, F., & Filippi, M. E. (2016). Facing the Floods: Community Responses to increased rainfall in Guarulhos, Brazil and Arequipa, Peru. In M. Roy, S. Cawood, M. Hordijk, & D. Hulme (Eds.), Urban Poverty and Climate Change: Life in the Slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America (pp. 130-146). (Routledge advances in climate change research). London: Routledge. [details] 


  • van den Brandeler, F., Hordijk, M., von Schönfeld, K., & Sydenstricker-Neto, J. (2014). Decentralization, participation and deliberation in water governance: a case study of the implications for Guarulhos, Brazil. Environment and Urbanization, 26(2), 489-504. DOI: 10.1177/0956247814544423  [details] 
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