Centres, groups and other initiatives

Centre for Green Growth

The Center for Green Growth works on climate issues in a holisitic, multidisiplinary and long term perspective. The focus is on what can be done to reduce climate gas emissions at the global, national, corporate and individual level.

Our people in the CGG participate and contribute to over a hundred lectures a year on varous subjects within sustainability.

The publicity in social and other media accompany our activities. Here we will give you the latest scoop.


May 2019

We have only seen the beginning of urban growth. By 2030, the C40 megacity club may count a full 440 members. Cities act as green innovation and talent hubs - a breeding ground for ideas. When nations fail, will cities save us?

Program and registration here: https://www.bi.edu/research/find-departments-and-research-centres/research-centres/centre-for-green-growth/events/urban-green-growth/ 


November 2017

Per Espen Stoknes is now representing Miljøpartiet at the parliament. On his first day Geir Ramnefjell writes for Dagbladet that; “if everyone would think as Per Espen it will be possible to stop the climate change”. Per Espen is ready for his new tasks and look forward to contributing to a greener parliament until summer.


You can read the article here

September 2017

Per Espen Stoknes will participate at this years TEDGlobal conference in New York. He is the first Norwegian to be invited to this conference and will, amongst others, be accompanied by Christiane Amanpour, Margrethe Vestager og Elif Shafak. Per Espen will talk about the psychological barriers to why people ignore the climate change. The conference will be filmed and published by TEDGlobal. 

Link to the event here


November 2016
"We can solve climate crisis just with some few profitable measures, no matter what the US president does during the climate negotiations." - Per Espen Stoknes and Jorgen Randers.

Read more on this topic in chronicle "Kan løse klimakrisen" by Per Espen and Jorgen published in Dagens Næringsliv on November 17th 2016.

September 2016
Listen to the interview with Per Espen Stoknes conducted by Gary Price at Viewpoint on "The Climate Change Mindset" here

June 2016
The Smart Green Growth conference hosted by BI, Abelia and Norsk Industri was a great success! Well over two hundred participants gathered to get updates on the latest research and current public debate provided by the experts in the field.

The event was the top news on BI's internal bikuben newsletter; you can read the full article by following this link. We have also received a lot of attention from the public and mainstream media. Here are some selected headlines (in Norwegian):

May 2016
"Green Growth entails much more than use of electric cars and solar panels. Each sector, also oil industry, can contribute to green growth by ensuring at least five per cent increase in value-added-to-emissions ratio." - Per Espen Stoknes

Read more on this topic in a feature article "Grønn vekst eller grønt vås?" by Per Espen published in Dagens Næringsliv on 31st Mai 2016.

January 2016
Per Espen Stoknes' latest book "What we think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming" has won an "Outstanding Academic Titles 2015" award. Each year the American Library Association's magazine Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. Here is what the magazine's editors wrote about Stoknes and his book:

"Stoknes (a psychologist, economist, and entrepreneur based in Norway) does not explain climate change. Rather, he illuminates barriers that prevent solving problems caused by increasing global temperatures while simultaneously giving a clear strategy to overcome these hurdles. The book's three parts —'Thinking: Understanding the Climate Paradox,' 'Doing: If It Doesn't Work, Do Something Else,' 'Being: Inside the Living Air'—examine how people think about climate, what individuals can do to affect climate, and how one relates to environment. Each is well researched and insightful and offers powerful proposals. Stoknes explains why so many people have laissez-faire attitudes to dire predictions from the scientific community, and he reveals tactics employed by those wishing to conduct business as usual. He poses a clear blueprint for new ways to engage in global climate discussions. This reviewer notices that many journalists are adopting Stoknes' designs—evidently his ideas are becoming mainstream. Although he successfully addresses the climate issue, it is clear that Stoknes has something bigger in mind as he expertly describes contemporary human relationships with the natural world and offers hope for a revitalized ecological link. This book will initiate a paradigm shift in thinking about and discussing climate change. Read it soon. Summing Up: Essential. All readers."