MORTENMorten Langfeldt Dahlback is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), freelance writer, and active in ProtestPub. Until August 2016 he was the main coordinator of a network of temporary scientific employees at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences dedicated to promoting the interests of temporarily employed researchers.

Email: morten.dahlback@gmail.com
Phone: 45066411

HILDEHilde Refstie is a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is one of the initiators of New University Norway (NUN) and co-author of the article Fighting Fog – Creeping neoliberalism and weakening university democracy in Norway. One of her main motivations for getting involved is the observation of how the role of the university as a critical actor in society is fading. She believes that if research is to make a difference it needs to be accountable to those of whom it matters the most. She is therefore interested in exploring ways to bridge the gap between academia, practice, and the general public drawing on her experience with participatory action research. She is active both with NUN and with Protest-Pub.
SILJE Silje Aurora Andresen is a PhD candidate in geography, and representative for the temporary employees at the Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is one of the initiators of New University Norway, and co-author of the article “Fighting Fog – The case of creeping neoliberalism and weakening university democracy in Norway”.  Although her research focus is on disasters, she believes that part of being an academic is to reflect on what the university is today and what it should be. She is concerned with the development of universities today where the ideals from New Public Management go unquestioned, and sees it as her mission to contest this development and work on ways that better secure the university and its members as a critical actor in society. Silje is active both in NUN and ProtestPub.
ELIEli Smeplass is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her research is focused on educational systems and the teacher education in an organizational perspective. Her concern for knowledge institutions and organizations makes her interest in university democracy also an academic endeavour. As a sociologist she is also interested in questioning power relations in the existing university system and through work on social experiments inspired by Harold Garfinkel she believes that creating a forum for asking big and difficult questions through organizing ProtestPub actually can make a difference in how people perceive the current situation.
IDAIda Marie Henriksen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her research is on community and interaction in public spaces. Ida Marie is critical to the way universities are increasingly being run as businesses. The main role of the university, she argues, is to educate students in critical thinking and conduct independent research. Academic freedom cannot be taken for granted, and Protest Pub is one of the arenas she works with to put these questions on the agenda.
MARITAMarita Løkås has a Master degree in Sociology from the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In her master’s degree she researched how being tattooed can affect the professional appearance of teachers. Mainly she is interested in topics related to social inequality and deviation. That is one of the reasons she joined as a member of ProtestPub. She wants to work towards an academic career in the future, but is skeptical in regards of the direction the university is moving in today. To make a change she believes that it is necessary to question what the university is today, but also what the university should be in the future.
LEVONLevon Epremian is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Levon was involved in initiating New University Norway (NUN) and has involved himself in ongoing debates regarding the current neoliberal reform agenda in Norwegian higher education, which has been most clearly manifested in the recent restructuring processes at NTNU. Levon believes initiatives like NUN can be important critical voices in the current climate where a rhetoric of improvement is routinely employed to dress up as ‘democracy’ and ‘efficiency’ changes that in fact weaken the important independence of universities and threaten to worsen the quality of research and teaching. Levon was co-author of Fighting Fog – Creeping neoliberalism and weakening university democracy in Norway.
THOMASThomas Sætre Jakobsen is one of the initiators of New University Norway and Protest Pub and a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has co-authored the article `Fighting Fog – Creeping neoliberalism and weakening university democracy in Norway´. His urge for getting involved in New University Norway and Protest Pub was sparked by how curiosity initiated and critical research and teaching is currently undermined by the ideology of new public management and the increasing influence of the market within higher education. His biggest concern is that the increasing trend towards monetary and metric based conceptions of quality in higher education and research will restrict the role of the university as a `watchdog´ within democratic states. He is therefore interested in facilitating alternative conversations around the role of the university, which he believes should be initiated by the grassroots of higher education.
NINANina Røkkum is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Work at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Her research is part of a project focused on comparing child welfare systems in five different countries to come up with innovative approaches and skills that social workers can use in helping families with multiple and complex problems. As a sociologist she is interested in the way society changes over time, and the role of social institutions in this development. She is also interested in the relationship between research, education and practice, which is highly relevant in relation to child welfare.
RAGNERagne Øwre Thorshaug is a geographer and currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Planning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where she does research on housing for asylum seekers in Norway.