Jørgen Randers

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Jørgen Randers

Jørgen Randers (born 22 May 1945) is a Norwegian academic, professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School,[1] and practitioner in the field of future studies.[2] He is one of the authors of the seminal work The Limits to Growth.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Randers received an undergraduate degree at the University of Oslo in 1968, and a PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1973.

From 1981 to 1989 he served as president of the BI Norwegian Business School, and from 1994 to 1999 as deputy director general of the World Wildlife Fund International in Switzerland. He also serves on the board of Tomra in Norway, British Telecom in England and The Dow Chemical Company in USA.

In the year 2005-06 he led the Norwegian Commission on Low Emissions, which "presented a report demonstrating how Norway could reduce her greenhouse gas emissions by ⅔ by 2050".[3][1] Randers is currently (2008) professor of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School.[2][1]

Randers' research interests are on climate issues, scenario planning and system dynamics, especially on the topics of sustainable development, climate change and global warming mitigation.


  • 1972. The Limits to Growth with Donella H. Meadows and Dennis L. Meadows.
  • 1980. Elements of the System Dynamics Methods. Edited by Jørgen Randers. MIT Press, Cambridge (Massachusetts), ISBN 0-262180928.
  • 1992. Beyond the Limits with Donella H. Meadows and Dennis L. Meadows.
  • 2012. 2052 - A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years. Chelsea Green Publications, White River Junction, Vermont, ISBN 978-1-603584678.


  1. ^ a b c d Confino, Jo (19 January 2015). "'It is profitable to let the world go to hell'". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b BI Norwegian Business School - Jørgen Randers. Accessed Sept 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Climatestrategy.org. Accessed Jan 4, 2013.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
President of the BI Norwegian Business School
Succeeded by