The Limits to Growth - From Forecast to Reality

Professor Jorgen Randers, Norwegian Business School BI

6 November

The world is lurching from crisis to crisis. We see accelerating climate change, resource constraint and financial system overload, while in parallel, spiking food prices and increasing inequality are triggering conflict and political instability. Many are wondering what the future holds. Do we face decline and the slide into collapse? Or will the threats we now face trigger a transformation to a sustainable and more advanced civilisation?

This is your chance to get the views of a man described by the legendary Paul Ehrlich as “a great futurist - one with a fine track record of being right”. Professor Jorgen Randers is one of the world’s most respected and rigorous global systems experts. Forty years after he co-authored the best selling environmental book of all time – The Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth in 1972, Randers has gone back to ask the question: What will the world be like in 40 years? Will 2052 see us at the end of civilisation? Or perhaps the beginning?

Professor Randers will present his conclusions and will then engage in discussion and debate with his fellow faculty member at the University of Cambridge, Paul Gilding (, author of The Great Disruption.

Professor Jorgen Randers

Jorgen Randers is professor of climate strategy at the Norwegian Business School BI, a global expert on system dynamics and serves on the global faculty of the University of Cambridge’s Program for Sustainability Leadership. He was previously president of BI and deputy director of WWF International. He lectures internationally on sustainable development and climate, and is non-executive member of various corporate boards. He is on the sustainability council of Dow Chemical Company and previously of British Telecom. Randers has written numerous books and scientific papers, and was co-author of the best selling environmental book of all time, The Limits to Growth in 1972 and its sequels in 1992 and 2004. He recently published 2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years.

Professor Randers has been brought to Australia by the University of Cambridge’s Program for Sustainability Leadership as part of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Program.