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Mobilising knowledges across a geography creates opportunities for transitions to smart systems. Publics in a geography are consequently able to form their perspectives around a system and align potential benefits with their needs. Intelligent transport systems are an example of smart living and EVs are cited as an alternative technology that are key to their application. This conceptual paper uses EVs as an example to demonstrate how knowledge mobilisation relating to such technologies can better cater to a geography’s needs. Unfortunately, current EV studies focus on a rural-urban binary. Thus, this conceptual contribution reflects on a study in Cornwall, UK, to reveal the heterogeneous influences on rural EV-related perspectives. This heterogeneity manifests both in particular locations and across cases. Overall a suite of transferrable participatory methods to improve rural knowledge mobilisation is outlined.

mobility of young French PhDs. In Innovative People–Mobility of skilled personnel in national innovation systems. OECD Proceedings (pp. 159-173). Estabrooks, C. A., Derksen, L., Winther, C., Lavis, J. N., Scott, S. D., Wallin, L., & Profetto-McGrath, J. (2008). The intellectual structure and substance of the knowledge utilization field: A longitudinal author co-citation analysis, 1945 to. Implementation Science , 3 , 49. Phipps, D., Jensen, K., & Myers, J. G. (2012). Applying social sciences research for public benefit using knowledge mobilization and social media

disregarded or explicitly assessed negatively. Overall, in the literature, there are positive assessments regarding features such as better cooperation, participation, networking, innovation, linkage between different types of knowledge, mobilisation of actors and projects that are suitable for local areas ( Esparcia Perez 2000 ; High & Nemes 2007 ; Böcher 2008 ; Dargan & Shucksmith 2008 ; Metis 2010 ; Bosworth et al. 2013 ; Pollermann et al. 2014 ) and, in some cases, the creation of social capital also ( Nardone et al. 2010 ). Thanks to the projects implemented