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Since 1987, the London Project Center has conducted over 500 student research projects with more than 100 organizations in Greater London, including many borough councils (local government authorities), museums, and heritage sites and other nonprofit organizations.

Recent projects with museums and heritage sites range from studies of visitor behavior in the galleries to the development of prototype exhibits, especially those involving digital technologies. Museum and heritage sites hosting our students have included the British Museum, the Dickens Museum, the Design Museum, the Postal Museum, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the London Transport Museum.

Students have also conducted projects with the London Boroughs of Brent, Camden, Croydon, Greenwich, Hounslow, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Merton. Projects with the Boroughs have focused on environmental sustainability in general, but cover a diverse array of topics, such as carbon reduction in buildings, the use of photovoltaic systems in social housing, emergency planning and response to hazards, and the promotion of bicycles and other modes of transportation to reduce carbon emissions.

Projects with nonprofit organizations such as the Commonside Community Development Trust, the Women’s Environmental Network, and the Somali Youth Development Research Center have explored ways to enhance community outreach programs and improve the efficiency of operations through better customer relationship management systems.

All the projects (and the entire student experience in London) offer wonderful, real-world opportunities for WPI students and provide our project hosts with valuable data and perspectives on pressing problems in and around the metropolis.

We hope you will enjoy exploring these pages and look forward to hearing from you.


“We are not a large organisation, so [the students’] high quality
input and perspective has been extremely useful. I cannot recommend
experience highly enough.”

Naomi Martin, Director,
Commonside Community Development Trust