Faculty Profile

Jørgen Randers

Professor Emeritus - Department of Law and Governance


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 on the future and climate change – for all types of corporate and non-corporate audiences.

Jorgen Randers has spent one third of his life in academia, one third in business and on third in the NGO world. He 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 Astra Zeneca in the UK.

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 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 has written a number of books and scientific papers. He co-authored The Limits to Growth in 1972 and its sequels in 1992 and 2004. In 2012 he published 2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years, which is now available in 8 languages in more than 100.000 copies.

He has received many prizes and awards, including an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge UK. He is a full member of the Club of Rome.

Publications registered in Cristin

(Current research information system in Norway)

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1973 MIT Sloan School of Management Ph.D.
1968 University of Oslo Master Cand. Real
1973 MIT Sloan School of Management Ph.D.
1968 University of Oslo Master Cand. Real
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2016 - Present BI Norwegian Business school Professor emeritus
1985 - 2015 BI Norwegian Business School Professor
1981 - 2013 A large number of boards, councils and comittees Member or chair
1994 - 1999 WWF International Deputy Director General
1990 - 1993 Various Norwegian corporations Board chair (full time)
1981 - 1989 BI Norwegian Business School President
1974 - 1980 Resource Policy Group, NTNF Founding director
1970 - 1974 MIT Sloan School of Management Ph.D. student, then Assistant Professor