Faculty Profile

Per Espen Stoknes

Associate Professor - Department of Law and Governance

Biography

Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist with PhD in economics, is a TED Global speaker, and serves as the director of Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School. An experienced foresight facilitator and academic, he’s also serial entrepreneur, including co-founding clean-tech company GasPlas. Author of several books, among them Learning from the Future (2004, in Norwegian) Money & Soul (2009) and the “Outstanding Academic Title of 2015” award winning book: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (2015). Per Espen has the last year served as member of Norwegian Parliament.

Publications

Stoknes, Per Espen & Rockström, Johan (2018)

Redefining green growth within planetary boundaries

Energy Research & Social Science, 44, s. 41- 49. Doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.04.030

Over the last decade, green growth policies have drawn increasing interest. OECD, UNEP, the World Bank and the EC have had several initiatives on the issue, and the Nordic countries have a special program on it. Definitions and indicator sets have been developed, though critics have pointed out that most initiatives amount to little more than a greenwashing of conventional economic growth. The paper proposes and discusses two definitions of green growth, one weak and one strong. Both build on resource- and carbon productivity measures, but whereas the weak definition requires absolute decoupling, the strong or “genuine green growth” requires sufficient decoupling to achieve science based targets for planetary boundaries. The approach is tested at country levels, starting with the climate boundary, by analyzing progress on carbon productivity (“CAPRO”) in Nordic countries since 2000. Results show that so far, among Nordic countries, Sweden, Finland and Denmark have achieved genuine green growth, while Norway has not. Implications for policy and communication of green growth are discussed.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2017)

Why the human brain ignores climate change, - and what to do about it.

Kessler, Elisabeth & Karlqvist, Anders (red.). Environmental Reality: Rethinking the Options. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden's 12th Royal Colloquium

Hauge, Åshild Lappegard; Almås, Anders-Johan, Flyen, Cecilie, Stoknes, Per Espen & Lohne, Jardar (2017)

User guides for the climate adaptation of buildings and infrastructure in Norway – Characteristics and impact

Climate Services, 6, s. 23- 33. Doi: 10.1016/j.cliser.2017.06.009 - Full text in research archive

To reduce future damages on buildings and infrastructure, and prepare society for the coming climate challenges, in recent years numerous user guides have been developed. The objective of this study is to provide the first overview and analysis of, the characteristics of the existing guidance material for the climate adaptation of the built environment in Norway. 84 user guides and web portals are mapped and analysed, focusing on target groups and topics. The results are viewed in relation to qualitative interviews with experts responsible for promoting climate adaptation. A large share of the guidance material communicates climate adaptation at a general level rather than in-depth practical measures. The interviews confirm that there is an overwhelming amount of guidance material, and it is suggested that this may cause confusion and uncertainty among users. The study and its findings are placed within a context of the climate services literature, and ‘‘user guides” are understood as a type of ‘‘climate services product”. A main conclusion is that the abundance of user guides does not automatically lead to better climate adaptation. Too few user guides for climate adaptation sufficiently secure easily accessible information on practical measures. The guides are not broadly utilised, the language and length of the texts are sometimes problematic, and the target groups are often wide or not specified. The results presented may be used in order to develop improved user guides for climate adaptation in societies with similar climate and societal challenges to those in Norway.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2015)

A happy Climate? A new narrative for climate politics in the 21st century

Stoknes, Per Espen & Eliassen, Kjell Arnold (red.). Science based activism. Festschrift to Jørgen Randers

Stoknes, Per Espen & Eliassen, Kjell Arnold (2015)

Science based activism. Festschrift to Jørgen Randers

Fagbokforlaget.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2014)

Rethinking climate communications and the “psychological climate paradox”

Energy Research & Social Science, 1, s. 161- 170. Doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.03.007 - Full text in research archive

Greaker, Mads; Stoknes, Per Espen, Alfsen, Knut H. & Ericson, Torgeir (2013)

A Kantian approach to sustainable development indicators for climate change

Ecological Economics, 91, s. 10- 18. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.03.011

Rockström, Johan; Randers, Jørgen & Stoknes, Per Espen (2018)

Kan vi unngå «Hothouse Earth»?

Ukeavisen ledelse [Kronikk]

Randers, Jørgen & Stoknes, Per Espen (2018)

Smartest for kloden

Dagens næringsliv [Kronikk]

Stoknes, Per Espen (2018)

En akademiker krysser sine spor

Dagens næringsliv [Kronikk]

Stoknes, Per Espen (2018)

The brain - the barrier and solution, In The Report Sustainable Consumerism in the Nordic Region

Nordic Ecolabel [Fagblad]

Stoknes, Per Espen & Wanous, Sara (2018)

Using psychology for better messaging on climate change

www.RedGreenAndBlue.org [Internett]

Stoknes, Per Espen & Lutteman, Markus (2018)

Why we are constantly asked to fight climate change as individuals - and why it doesn’t work

www.Medium.com [Internett]

Stoknes, Per Espen & Larsson, Ylva (2018)

Förklaringen till att du inte tar till dig klimathotet: De fem D:na

SVT Nyheter [TV]

Stoknes, Per Espen & Renå, Anne Siri (2018)

Mener det mulig å fortsette med oljeindustrien og samtidig nå klimamålene. Se hvordan.

FriFagbevegelse [Fagblad]

Stoknes, Per Espen & Jortveit, Anne Karin (2018)

#Klimarisiko: – Festen er over. Det ser langsiktige investorer, sier Per Espen Stoknes

Energi og Klima [Internett]

Byrne, Fergal & Stoknes, Per Espen (2018)

UN Climate Week Special: Dr. Per Espen Stoknes: The psychology behind climate change denial

The Sustainability Agenda [Internett]

Dr. Per Espen Stoknes is a distinguished psychologist and economist and chair of the Centre for Green Growth at the Norwegian Business School. He is a pioneer in the field of climate change psychology, which he has studied for twenty years–and the author of numerous books including the acclaimed What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming (2015). Per is also a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the clean tech company GasPlas. In this revealing interview, Per unpacks the psychology of climate change communications –and why increased scientific certainty on this issue has only entrenched apathy among much of the general public. He outlines the five key psychological barriers impeding climate change action, explains why gloomy narratives about climate change are ineffective, and counsels communication that takes into account people’s psychology—for example, stressing the wider societal benefits of climate action through “positive framing”. Stoknes also highlights the dangers assuming the general public reach decisions on a rational basis, highlighting the influence of the mass media’s powerful distortions of climate issues, such as the “ClimateGate” debacle of 2009

Suttie, Jill & Stoknes, Per Espen (2018)

How to Overcome “Apocalypse Fatigue” Around Climate Change

Greater Good Magazine [Internett]

Stoknes, Per Espen (2017)

TED Global Talk: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming

www.TED.com [Internett]

Stoknes, Per Espen & Schwarzenegger, Arnold (2015)

GOP - don't lose out on the energy revolution

CNN.com [Kronikk]

Stoknes, Per Espen (2015)

NRK Klima-uke P1 NRK.no: Klimapsykologi i 10 X 2min animerte intervjuer

http://nrk.no/skole/klippdetalj?topic=urn:x-mediadb:21291 [Internett]

Stoknes, Per Espen (2015)

NRK P1 Debatten, 3. Des, om Klima. Innledning om klimapsykologi.

NRK [TV]

Kleiven, Helga Flesche; Stoknes, Per Espen, Mohn, Klaus & Furdal, Turid (2013)

Kvifor fornektar me klimakrisa?

Stavanger Aftenblad [Avis]

Stoknes, Per Espen; Jørgen, Randers, Rockström, Johan, Randers, Jørgen, Golüke, Ulrich, Collste, David & Cornell, Sarah E. (2018)

Transformation is Feasible - How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries

[Report]. Stockholm Resilience Center.

If the world’s nations continue with the same efforts as in the recent decades we will not achieve SDGs by 2030, nor 2050. By 2030, in the business-as-usual scenario, the world’s success score on SDGs will be only 10 out of 17, up from 9 in 2015. The main problems are that satisfying the social SDGs with conventional policy tools will lead to very large human footprints in terms of resource use and pollution outputs, and to increasing inequity. The state of the Earth’s planetary boundaries (PBs) will be further in the red, high-risk zone particularly with regards to global warming, biodiversity loss, air pollution and toxic entities in nature. There is high risk for pushing the Earth’s life supporting systems beyond irreversible trigger-points by 2050.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2017)

Hvis vi vet så mye, - hvorfor gjør vi så lite?

Dinamo, Forlag (red.). Folkets Klimadugnad

Stoknes, Per Espen (2015)

What We Think About - When We Try Not To Think About - Global Warming: The New Psychology of Climate Science Communication

[Academic lecture]. AGU Joint Assembly 2015.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2015)

"The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World"

[Popular scientific article]. Psychologytoday.com

Stoknes, Per Espen (2015)

What we think about when we try not to think about global warming : toward a new psychology of climate action

[Scientific book]. Chelsea Green Publ.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2009)

Money and Soul - The Pscyhology of money and the transformation of capitalism

[Textbook]. Green Books.

Stoknes, Per Espen (2007)

Penger og Sjel - en ny balanse mellom finans og følelser

[Scientific book]. Flux forlag.

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2011 University of Oslo Ph.D Dr. Philos.
1994 University of Oslo Master Cand. Psychol.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2011 - 2018 BI Norwegian Business School Senior Researcher
2012 - 2014 MetalPlas AS Chairman, project leader
2008 - 2013 GasPlas AS Chairman, Co-founder, head of research
2006 - 2012 BI Norwegian Business School Adjunct Senior Lecturer
2009 - 2011 BI Norwegian Business School Researcher
2001 - 2008 Norwegian Inst. Expressive arts & communication Head of studies Coaching
2000 - 2005 BI Norwegian Business School Industrial Professor II
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