Social networks could provide the key to redrawing the regional map of Britain, producing areas with strong social cohesion.
That’s the idea of an international team, who have created a social map of Great Britain.
They used more than 12 billion landline calls to create a map of Britons’ connections.
This social apporach to delineating regions sees parts of Wales merged with the West Midlands.
Regional boundaries are useful for governments, said Carlo Ratti, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the work. “But they don’t say anything about how people in those regions interact.”
His team used records of more than 12 bilion anonymised landline telephone calls, to model who Britons frequently spoke to.