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Jørgen Randers

The Limits to Growth, 1972

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Jorgen Randers (born 1945) is a Norwegian environmental scientist, dynamic systems expert and Professor of Policy Analysis at the Norwegian School of Management, where he teaches scenario analysis and corporate responsibility.

Randers also lectures internationally on the issue of sustainable development, within and outside corporations, including for The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, run by CISL. He was formerly President of the Norwegian School of Management from 1981 to 1989, and Deputy Director-General of WWF International (World Wide Fund for Nature) in Switzerland from 1994 to 1999.

He is non-executive member of a number of corporate boards, as well as the sustainability councils of British Telecom and the City of Rotterdam. He has authored a number of books and scientific papers. 

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Jorgen Randers: Part 1, Background to the Limits to Growth Study

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the background to the book with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 2, The Limits to Growth Model

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the limits to growth model with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 3, The Underlying Growth Paradigm

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the underlying growth paradigm with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 4, The Role of Technology

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the role of technology with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 5, Limits Already Exceeded

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about limits already exceeded with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 6, Limits to Growth in China

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about limits to growth in China with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 7, The Challenges of Globalisation and Decarbonisation

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the challenges of globalisation and decarbonisation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 8, Breakthroughs and Disruptive Technologies

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about breakthroughs and disruptive technologies with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 9, The Role of Science and Computer Modelling

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the role of science and computer modelling with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 10, The Dynamics of Change

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the dynamics of change with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 11, Limits to Growth and Tribute to Donella Meadows

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, gives a tribute to Donella Meadows and talks about the limits to growth with Senior Associate Wayne Visser on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Jorgen Randers: Part 12, The Origins of the Sustainability Concept

In this video, Jorgen Randers, co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the origins of the sustainability concept with Senior Associate Wayne Visser on 8 July 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Other Books (Selection)

Elements of System Dynamics Method (Randers; Wright Allen Press, 1979)

Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future (Meadows, Meadows and Randers, Earthscan, 1992)

Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update (Meadows, Meadows and Randers, Chelsea Green, 2004)

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