Linus Salö is a postdoc, and works at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The holder of a PhD in Bilingualism from Stockholm University, his previous work has dealt primarily with language issues and phenomena in Swedish academia, ushered in by internationalization and its effects on research policy. Within the MUM platform, his research object is the influence of the human sciences on policy-making in Sweden. This agenda involves the adoption of historical and sociological lenses on modes of interaction between the scientific and the political field. In what ways has the knowledge production of the humanities and the social sciences mattered historically to society at large, and how might such an understanding inform forthcoming policy developments? Empirically, addressing such questions entails a focus on intellectuals as mediators and reform technocrats, state-mandated commissions, the production of academic ideas and their ‘travels’ into other areas of social life.