Satya Research provides specialist, immersive, ethnographic methods. We capture real moments to share human stories in rich and insightful ways. Not only do we ensure an innovative and sensitive approach to visual research, but the quality of production is always exceptional with story telling at its heart.

We carry out visual research for leading research and design companies on marketing communications campaigns,  user experience, strategic development, product development and insight.  We support charities, NGO's, education institutions and museums through visual research and consultancy.

Satya research is managed by Satya director Sky Neal. With a first class degree in Anthropology, an MA in Visual Anthropology and thirteen years experience, Sky is a competent and sensitive ethnographic researcher specialising in video ethnography. She has carried out extensive health related research for organisations such as the NHS, the Primary Care Trust, Cancer Research, The National Autistic Society, Refuge, and has worked on global user experience and product development research including as senior ethnographer at Microsoft Headquarters in Seattle.

Satya Research can be trusted to provide some of the UK's finest visual ethnographers- all trained visual anthropologists with exceptional filmmaking skills, and diverse and extensive experience in the field.



In our Bones: An Ethnographic study of the Obby Oss Festival in Padstow, Cornwall

Why is the Padstow Obby Oss festival so meaningful to it's community, and how can this level of meaning be identified within a persons life time? An Arts and Humanities Research Council funded visual and written ethnographic study in collaboration with the Padstow Museum

Tribute Ale: branding research

Satya Research worked with design company A Little Bird, to reach ale drinkers throughout the South West and London and find out how much 'Cornwall' meant to them in their choice of ale.

Child Resue Nepal: Rehabilitation through the arts

Satya Research worked over several years with NGO, Child Rescue Nepal. Sky drew from her combined skills of visual research and creative education to support the NGO in setting up a performing arts based rehablilitation programme for young survivors of human trafficking. This culminated in the formation of circus Kathmandu, and also the documentary, Even When I Fall. Sky now supports Circus Kathmandu to incorporate the film into their outreach and engagement programmes.  

Venous Thromboembolism: patient centred research

Satya Research worked with The Earthworks to carry out in-depth research into the experiences of patients suffering from Venous thromboembolism and the affects of various medicaitons

The Truth about the West: Branding Research 

Satya Research worked with Design company Bamm London in an in-depth ethnography study researching the relationship between place and identity in the South West.

In the contemporary context of the UK, what is the relationship between one's sense of identity and one's sense of place in southwestern UK ? What are the defining values, beliefs, and practices evident in the lives of local residents? How are these values and beliefs expressed in everyday life?

What is the experience of having a drainage system post mastectomy surgery?

Satya Research worked with Open Plan Research to carry out in-depth research into the experiences of women post surgery – both with and without drainage systems. An immersive and intimate study of four women over several months from the point of their mastectomy.

Leadership training and evaluation within education: A New Direction 

How can children become leaders and how can teachers support this process? Satya research worked with Hill Mead School as part of A New Direction programme to research and evaluate the development of a creative education programme over 12 weeks. We also worked with teachers to help them to reflect on teaching methods and evalute techniques. In keeping with the leadership focus, the students helped to create amimated videos and a resource for teachers.

Refuge: workplace awareness of domestic violence

Satya Research assisted the charity Refuge in developing a package aimed at raising awareness in the work place about domestic violence. Testaments of 7 survivors of domestic violence were recorded to add to the package.