We support our clients to improve research culture

Our mission is to improve how research is done, through sharing our expertise with organisations that perform, fund or support research.

Get in touch to find out how we can support you.

CultureBase Consulting is driven by Karen Stroobants and Ben Bleasdale

Dr. Karen Stroobants

Karen is a consultant and research policy adviser, specialising in research culture and research assessment. She worked on the Royal Society’s research culture programme in 2018 and led the development of the Resumé for Researchers, which was adopted in the UK Government’s R&D People and Culture Strategy.

Karen was the penholder for drafting the European Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment in 2022. She is Vice-Chair of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA), and a EuroScience Governing Board Member.

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Dr. Ben Bleasdale

Ben is a strategist and advocate in research policy, specialising in research culture and funding systems. He was the architect of the Wellcome Trust’s Reimagine Research community engagement programme, and external advisor to the development of the UK Government’s R&D People and Culture Strategy.

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How we help

We offer a range of services to suit clients at different stages with their work on research culture. These can be offered as standalone services, or woven together into a bespoke programme to help your organisation maximise its potential.

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Culture Explorer

Explore and prioritise your next steps with improving research culture at your organisation

Culture Focus

Pinpoint your organisation’s research culture identity and audit the strengths and challenges you’re working with

Culture Strategy

Develop your organisation’s research culture strategy

Culture Progress

Evaluate your organisation’s progress in improving research culture

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If you’re considering how to improve your organisation’s research culture, get in touch with us for a conversation.


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