Saffron co-founded Social Life in March 2012. Until December 2015 she worked alongside Nicola Bacon to grow and establish Social Life's work, leading research on social sustainability and innovation in placemaking. Saffron has now stepped aside from day to day management but continues to work on particular projects, and to advise the team.
Saffron is now at an Associate at UCL's Institute for Global Prosperity where she co-ordinates IGP's London Prosperity Board and leads research on new models of prosperity. Saffron is completing a PhD at UCL Anthropology where her research examines imagination and innovation as features of London's Olympic legacy regeneration programme.
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.
She is a member of the Association of Social Anthropologists and a fellow of the Young Foundation.