Saffron Woodcraft is a Research Associate at UCL's Institute for Global Prosperity where she leads the London Prosperity Board, a partnership between London government, communities, business and public agencies to re-think what prosperity means for London and how to measure it.
Saffron co-founded Social Life in March 2012, a social enterprise created by the Young Foundation, to become a specialist centre of research and innovation about the social life of communities. Before establishing Social Life, Saffron led the Young Foundation’s work on communities and housing for six years. She has developed and managed research, policy and innovation programmes for the Homes and Communities Agency, Local Government Improvement and Development, Peabody Trust, the Tenant Services Authority, NESTA, the Department for Communities and Local Government.and local authorities in England and Sweden.
Saffron is completing a PhD at UCL Anthropology where her research examines imagination and innovation as features of London's Olympic legacy regeneration programme. She is a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists and a fellow of the Young Foundation.