Our goal for healthier lives

We understand the importance of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Our ethos is one of equity and helping researchers move beyond the restrictions of traditional subject disciplines.

We aim to support the work and respond to the needs of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, service users and their families and carers by bridging the gap that can exist between research and practice and different disciplines to achieve good physical and mental health. Focusing on the social and economic factors that contribute to good health (including no poverty or hunger, clean air, water and sanitation, shelter, universal healthcare and the reduction of health inequalities), we aim to help research influence real world change in people’s health and wellbeing.

Martin Whiteford, Publishing development manager, Healthier lives.

Our goals: Fairer society | Healthier lives | Responsible management | Quality education for all

If you're an author, researcher, or someone who cares as much as we do, we would love to work with you, and help your research to bring about healthier lives for all. Get in touch.

Our goal to achieve healthier lives

We champion research that promotes more equitable access to health interventions and health systems, and thereby influences real world change in people’s health and well-being.


What is social care research (and why is it important)?

Read/watch our latest research, blog, videos, and podcast to find out about social care research and why it is so important to enhance quality of life and promote independence.

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Healthier lives gateway

This gateway sits on our open access platform, Emerald Open Research. All research published within the gateway is freely available to read, download and share.

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Calls for papers

Browse the latest calls for papers in the area of healthier lives.

Models of Digital Health Governance: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Future Priorities
Introduction Over the past 30 years, information technology (IT) has dramatically transformed the healthcare landscape across the globe, and it is continuing to evolve. Even before the advent of the…
Harm to consumers from social media
Introduction  In contrast to the prevalent research on the positive implications of digital marketing and related technologies for companies and consumers, the primary focus of this special issue is…
Architectural Pedagogy and Sustainable Development Goals: Recent Practices and Experiences
Scope and Aim Centred on selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs) as they relate to the education of architects and urbanists, this special issue of “Archnet-IJAR:…
Call for special issue proposals – Journal of Forensic Practice
The Journal of Forensic Practice is currently looking for special issue proposals. The Journal of Forensic Practice provides a forum for researchers and practitioners on all aspects of forensic…
Caring for our workers: Advancing human resource management innovations and interventions to support workforce mental health
Introduction  The proposed special issue seeks to contribute to management understanding of mental health and wellbeing of the workforce across different work, cultural and institutional…
European Perspectives on Safeguarding Older People: Voice, Choice, and Control
Introduction This is an open call for papers that explore aspects of involvement and participation in adult safeguarding, as well as related areas (e.g. co-production, vulnerability, human rights…
Theory and practice of co-production and co-creation in Youth Justice
Overview of special issue This special issue focuses on the theory and practice of co-production and co-creation in youth justice settings. This is timely, given the noticeable shift towards a…
Circular Economy and Climate Change: Valuing Indigeneity and Sustainability
Overview of special issue The adverse effects of climate change on communities have often been traced to modern urban-industrial economic systems. Previously often assuming that indigenous, local,…
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainability accounting: Opportunities and Challenges for public, non-governmental and hybrid organisations
The adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations in 2015 has been a well-received and globally accepted iteration of the sustainable development agenda (Abhayawansa et al.,…
The interplay between new innovations, sustainability and food supply chains
Guest editors: Helen Rogers, Nuremberg Institute of Technology, Germany, [email protected] Manoj Dora, Brunel University, UK, [email protected]   Current Food System: Food is a…

Opinion & blogs

We welcome contributions from academics, policymakers and professionals about key issues in their area of work. If you have a blog you would like to share, let us know.

Healthier lives

How has the increase in remote working impacted mental health, connection and loneliness for academics?

In this blog, we hear from Dr Janet C Kimeto on her experience of loneliness and how she overcame this.
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Social care research and impact: too long a hidden relation of health

Julie Bayley and Mo Ray discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the challenges of social care.
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Digitally enabled drug markets: signs of diversification

Technology remains a key driver of drug markets. Through darknet markets, social media and instant messaging apps, communication technology facilitates the sale of drugs.
Fairer society
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Why mental health services are failing people of colour in the UK

Counselling psychologist Dr Richard Majors talks candidly about racism towards Black mental health professionals and the impact racism has on mental health services for the Black community, particularly Black Males.
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There’s nothing pedestrian about being a pedestrian: Designing spaces to encourage walking in later life

Over the last five decades, we have heard an increasing amount about the abuse and neglect of adults at risk. Safeguarding processes and procedures have been built around a range of identified types of abuse.
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Refurbishment as a lever for improving the social and emotional wellbeing of older people living in sheltered housing

Relationship building is key to identifying changes to resident health and early intervention can lead to healthier residents and better care.

Other resources

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Case studies

Global teaching materials to engage and inspire. Students can test their assumptions and decision-making skills about real world problems.

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Expert Briefings

We've teamed up with Oxford Analytica to deliver Expert Briefings through Emerald Insight. Read unbiased analyses on world events and their potential political, social and economic effects here.

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Emerald Engage

Join thought leaders in your field to share views, exchange ideas, get advice and make connections.

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ScienceOpen Collection

We've partnered with ScienceOpen to create a healthier lives collection that will be updated regularly to reflect our latest mission-related content. 

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Your publishing development team

Dr Martin Whiteford

I’m the Publishing development manager for Healthier Lives, working across Emerald’s publishing programmes for SDG-aligned research on improving health and wellbeing. I also support researchers and institutions in open research publishing, with responsibility for Emerald’s Open Research Gateway for Healthier Lives. 

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Dr Zana Khan – Goal advisor

Dr Zana Khan is a recognised leader in the emerging field of inclusion health, particularly as it relates to the role of interprofessional education (IPE). Dr Khan is committed to promoting the UN SDGs and advocating for research with real-world impact. She is based at UCL, which is ranked 8th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings, and is also the lead GP for the South London and Maudsley (SLAM) Hospital Pathway Homelessness Team .