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.

Paula Kennedy, 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.


Health inequalities & the pandemic

Has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities in health care? Read/watch our latest research and blogs/videos.

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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.

Leadership strategy and culture in healthcare disability services
Submission window closes: 31st March 2022   Guest Editors David Rosenbaum, King’s Own Institute, [email protected] Elizabeth More, Study Group Australasia, [email protected] Mark Orr, Flourish…
Leadership development in healthcare
Background and Rationale for the Special Issue: Healthcare leaders are responsible not only for the financial viability of their organizations but also for the health of patients, the satisfaction…
Addiction Recovery Stories
We are seeking contributors for a new feature, Addiction Recovery Stories, which will be published (subject to review) in the journal Advances in Dual Diagnosis. The series is being curated by Lisa…
Applications of Virtual Reality in Autism Research
Guest editors: Sarune Savickaite, Tom Arthur, Elliot Millington, Emma Hayashibara, Tammy-Ann Husselman, Rebecca Taylor   Immersive technologies like virtual- and augmented-reality are proposed to…
Designing Enabling Technologies for Marginalised Groups
Guest Editors: Dr Marc Fabri and Dr Nigel Newbutt   This special issue of the Journal of Enabling Technologies will focus on the design of technologies to remove barriers and improve outcomes for…
Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults
Editor: Dr Rahul (Tony) Rao Assistant Editor: Dr Beth Bareham   This new annual themed issue of ADVANCES IN DUAL DIAGNOSIS will focus on issues surrounding DUAL DIAGNOSIS IN OLDER ADULTS in order to…
Advancing Integrated Care with Digital Health Innovation
Guest Editors Carolyn Steele Gray, [email protected] Nick Guldemond, [email protected] Jordi Piera Jiménez, [email protected] Irina Efimenko, [email protected]   The interest…
Recent developments in the assessment, management and treatment of psychopathy
Journal of Criminology Research, Policy and Practice invites submissions for a special issue on new theoretical and practical developments in the assessment, management and treatment of psychopathy.…
Suicide and Self-harm: New Research Directions
Guest editors: Sarah Waters [email protected] Julian Ashton [email protected]   Key dates: Submission of 350 word abstracts: 30 July 2021 Deadline for full submissions: 21 September…
Integrated approaches to health and wellbeing: learning from Nordic perspectives
There is a need for a fundamental shift from sick care to preventive health to ensure the longevity of our healthcare systems and improved quality of life. The Nordic Health 2030 Movement aims at…

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

Locked down by inequality: Why place matters for older people during COVID-19

Older people have borne the brunt of deaths from COVID-19, whether in hospital or in care homes and the full scale of related changes will not be known for some time. For now, it is evident that the coronavirus emergency sits alongside a crisis in many of the communities in which older people live.

Healthier lives

COVID-19 and deprivation: levelling upstream

Michael Calnan (University of Kent) and Tom Douglass (University of Ulster) discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the last decade of deteriorating public health, stalling life expectancies, and widening inequalities in England.

Healthier lives

Live and let die? Laissez-faire responses to the pandemic exacerbated unequal health usage

William Foley, European University Institute discusses the unequal impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on income, wealth and health, and the correlation of this with the intensity of governmental responses.

Healthier lives
Responsible management

Getting help to those who need it in a pandemic: addressing the challenges of humanitarian supply chain operations

Denise DP Thompson – John Jay College of Criminal Justice – talks about the need for strategic thinking on pandemic humanitarian supply chains and logistics

Healthier lives

Food and sports market insights: a different story after COVID-19

Sima Hamadeh, Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition & Program Coordinator of Nutrition and Dietetics Sciences at Haigazian University in Lebanon discusses the use of AI and AR in food and sports industries.

Healthier lives

Look who's talking about mental illness

Hannah Zeilig, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and University of East Anglia, UK addresses the conversations around mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Other resources

Browse our other offerings below.

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 manager

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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