Short biography 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”.
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.
Supporting the global, national and corporate move towards increased environmental and social sustainability.
Identifying strategies for reduced climate gas emissions at the global, national, corporate and individual level.
Teaching areasClimate and energy policy. Green growth. Sustainable development.