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 Sustainable structures and infrastructures

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.

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Health Citizenship: is participation always effective?

Health citizenship has been criticised for not paying enough attention to questions about power, rights, responsibilities and representation. These tensions, therefore, invite further discussion and debate.

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Healthier lives open access content

Explore freely available research to read, download and share that promotes more equitable access to health interventions and health systems, and thereby influences real world change in people's health and well-being.

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A fully open access journal

Introducing International Perspectives on Health Equity

Aligned to UN SDG 3, good health and well-being, this fully open access journal will advance knowledge and understanding to help achieve global health equity. Co-edited by Dr Rebecca Schiff, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada and Dr Shaouli Shahid, Curtin University, Australia, research is welcomed that engages, advances, challenges and reframes debates about healthy equity.

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Calls for papers

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

Child sexual abuse: Exploring impacts, experiences and support needs
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special edition brings together contemporary research exploring the impacts, experiences, and support needs of those impacted by child sexual abuse. This…
Mental health and well-being in prisons and places of detention
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special issue aims to focus on the associations between incarceration and mental health and well-being. We are particularly interested in original research…
Changing, evolving, persisting: Exploring the role of masculinity in careers and family
Submit your paper here! Introduction The framework of masculinity (or the prescribed behaviors/characteristics of men) as a social construct is varied across actors in modern society. While…
Selling Beauty: Historical Perspectives on the Marketing of Cosmetics and Makeup
Submit your paper here! Introduction Throughout history, women have been expected to discipline and reshape their bodies in accordance with expected norms of beauty. This expectation has only been…
Health Citizenship – is participation always effective?
Submit your paper here! Introduction Health citizenship is integral to improving the quality and safety of person centred, culturally appropriate, evidence-based health and social care in the quest…
Artificial Intelligence in Health Organizations: Transforming Practice and Evaluating Services
Submit your paper here! Introduction  This special issue will explore the vanguard of AI applications within healthcare settings, illuminating both the transformative potential and the…
Understanding and addressing Mental Health Inequalities in the UK and US
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special issue is being led by New York University and University of Strathclyde to seek articles on mental health inequalities in the UK and North America…
Safeguarding carers
Submit your paper here! Introduction The Journal of Adult Protection welcomes this Special Issue on topics relating to safeguarding carers from abuse, harm and neglect. The special issue aims to…
Health governance in lower-income countries and conflict-affected populations
Submit your paper here! Introduction Health governance is a crucial component of a resilient health system, and requires interaction with a broad range of actors including governments and NGOs.…
Gaseous Flow in low permeability geomaterials
ENGE Upcoming Themed Issue Submit your paper by 31 July 2024 Introduction The behaviour of gas in natural and engineered low permeability materials will strongly affect the sustainable and safe…

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.

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When psychology meets economics to empower healthy citizens

Adopting a holistic approach while incorporating principles of behavioural economics into public health initiatives, and into food and healthcare systems can enhance the effectiveness of interventions aimed at empowering citizens to make better choices and lead healthier lives.
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World Social Work Day 2024: shared future for transformative change and health citizenship

World Social Work Day is observed every year on March 19th to raise awareness about the importance of social work and to celebrate the invaluable contributions of the social work profession. Find out more in this blog.
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How do we embed a co-production strategy with health citizens to improve health and social care?

Health citizens play a vital role in improving the quality of life for people who use health and social care services. The concept has gained momentum over the last decade as the acceptance of health and social care research and education has increased. Find out more in this blog.
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Role of health citizenship in improving health outcomes for childhood trauma and violence

During childhood, any exposure to abuse or maltreatment acts as a serious stressor that leads to cognitive impairments and deficits. Here, Srishti Sharma highlights the role of health citizenship in improving health outcomes for childhood trauma and violence.
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Four strategies for engaging post-secondary students as collaborators to advance post-secondary student mental health

In their blog, Jennifer Thannhauser and Andrew Szeto discuss four strategies for engaging students as co-researchers and collaborators to address the evolving mental health needs of students.
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Health citizenship and digital technology for suicide prevention

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and annually, it affects 700,000 people – the person’s family, friends and community. In the midst of this disastrous challenge, digital health technologies have emerged as one of the solutions for suicide prevention. Find out more in this blog.

News & press

Below we have a collection of news articles centred around aspects of healthier lives.

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Emerald Publishing introduces new and improved employee benefits

Following an internal review of what is important to their employees, Emerald Publishing has announced a suite of new and improved employee benefits to add to their already generous employee benefit package.
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Emerald Group signs up to The Menopause Workplace Pledge

Emerald Group has signed The Menopause Workplace Pledge to help create a supportive and understanding place for employees going through the menopause.
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One size does not fit all: customising the technology needs and wants of an aging society

Author: Johanna L. H. Birkland, Assistant Professor of Communication, Bridgewater College. For a truly technologically ‘inclusive’ society, technology...
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Emerald achieves Silver at Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Awards

Emerald has been recognised at an awards ceremony for its commitment to workplace wellbeing. Emerald was one of 103 organisations to take part in Mind...
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The evolving digital divide: from the first to the third level

At the early stage of research on the digital divide, access to the Internet and ownership of ICTs was seen both by scholars and by policy makers as the most crucial factor. The possibilities for an individual to access and use the Internet are at the base of the first level of digital divide.
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International Day of Disabled Persons

For research to have real impact, it must be inclusive – shaped by diverse voices at every stage.

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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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 and actively support Emerald’s commitment to SDG-aligned research and learning as it pertains to improving health and wellbeing. I also support academics, pracademics and practitioners to develop and deliver research that has a real-world impact. Further to this, I am the acting Publisher for International Perspectives on Health Equity, an interdisciplinary open access journal focused on new, innovative research that contributes to understanding work towards achieving global health equity.

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Dr Dianne Wepa

Associate Professor Dr Dianne Wepa is the Head of Discipline, Social Work at Charles Darwin University, Australia and an Indigenous Māori woman from New Zealand. Dianne’s PhD focused on how Māori engaged with healthcare services. She has published journal articles, textbooks and provided keynote presentations on Cultural Safety, Suicide Prevention and Clinical Supervision. Dianne is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and holds several senior academic positions with the University of South Australia, University of Bradford, UK and Auckland University of Technology, NZ. Dianne's research in 2024 includes: Aboriginal mens’ use of emergency departments in the Northern Territory, digital technology to address rural and remoteness during disasters and, Māori patients’ experiences of hand therapy services. Dianne has served on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Education, Culture and Society (IJECS) and is guest editing a special issue of International Perspectives on Health Equity on the theme of health citizenship in 2024. Dianne supervises PhD and Master’s degree students in Australia, UK and New Zealand and will be publishing her 3rd edition of Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand in September 2024.