Former President of the Scientific Committee of Ifri's Center for Energy


Jacques Lesourne was an economist and an alumni of the Ecole Polytechnique in France. He has held numerous positions, starting as the head of the economic services at Charbonnages de France (1954-1957). He next served as the executive director of the Sema Group (1958-1975), before becoming the director of the Interfutures Project with the OECD (1976- 1979). He was a professor of economics (1974-1998), while also serving as the head of the economic and business department at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (1974-1991).

Jacques Lesourne was the director of the newspaper Le Monde from 1991 to 1994. He chaired the French Association of Economic Science (1981-1983), the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) (1986-1989), the association Futuribles, the project FutuRIS, and the Scientific Committee of Ifri's Center for Energy. He has published over thirty books on prospective studies and economics.

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RWE, EON, EDF, ENGIE and other large utilities are in financial turmoil. This situation, which would have been unlikely twenty years ago, is related to several failures in governance within the EU as well as to global evolutions. This Edito Energie analyses the situation of...

By: William C. RAMSAY, Jacques LESOURNE, (eds.)

Until the late 1990s, the balance of Chinese energy production and consumption was treated by the rest of the world as a net figure. No one knew what was going on inside the Chinese economy - it was a black box. As far as anyone was concerned, the Chinese would not soon be a major factor in...


A year ago, I would have responded to this question rather positively. Nowadays, I am not so sure. My relative optimism before was based on the replacement of a group of monopoly-holding (at least regionally) national operators, by an oligopoly of operators with a sizeable proportion of their...

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