Jørgen Randers

  • Job title Professor  
  • Department Department of Accounting Auditing and Law  
  • Office number A5I-175  
  • Telephone +4792240687  
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Jorgen Randers (born 1945) is professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian Business School, where he works on climate and energy issues, scenario analysis and system dynamics. He lectures widely at home and abroad on sustainable development issues – particularly climate change – for all types of corporate and non-corporate audiences. Jorgen Randers is non-executive member of several corporate boards in Norway, including the state owned Postal Service. He also sits on the sustainability council of The Dow Chemical Company in the US and (until recently) of British Telecom in the UK. He chaired the Commission on Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions who reported in 2006 to the Norwegian cabinet on how Norway can cut is climate gas emissions by two thirds by 2050. He was President of the Norwegian Business School BI 1981 – 89, and Deputy Director General of WWF International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in Switzerland 1994 – 99.

He has authored a number of books and scientific papers, including co-authoring “The Limits to Growth” (1972) and its sequels in 1992 and 2004. He recently wrote “2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years”.

Complete CV
Research areas
Futures research:
Using system dynamics and scenario analysis to study the time development in systems, at all levels from global long term developments, via industrial sectors, to concrete businesses like the global tankship market.

Sustainable development:
Supporting the global, national and corporate move towards increased environmental and social sustainability.

Climate strategy:
Identifying strategies for reduced climate gas emissions at the global, national, corporate and individual level.

Teaching areas
Climate and energy policy. Green growth. Sustainable development.

Academic Degrees

YearAcademic departmentDegree
1973MIT Sloan School of ManagementPh.D.
1968University of OsloMaster Cand. Real

Work Experience

YearEmployerJob title
1985 - PresentBI Norwegian Business SchoolProfessor
1981 - 2013A large number of boards, councils and comitteesMember or chair
1994 - 1999WWF InternationalDeputy Director General
1990 - 1993Various Norwegian corporationsBoard chair (full time)
1981 - 1989BI Norwegian Business SchoolPresident
1974 - 1980Resource Policy Group, NTNFFounding director
1970 - 1974MIT Sloan School of ManagementPh.D. student, then Assistant Professor

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current Research Information System In Norway)

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