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.


The health & wellbeing of Indigenous peoples

The health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples is part of a broader campaign, which individually and collectively explores different dimensions of Indigenous culture and identity.

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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.

Advances in Dual Diagnosis: General Call for Papers
Advances in Dual Diagnosis (ADD) is an international applied research journal offering peer-reviewed, practical and thought-provoking content and a forum for topical debate on dual diagnosis (co-…
Sharing sky high stories – A narrative research approach addressing the law of concerns, complaints, and conflict in multi-unit residential developments
Guest Editor: Dr. Rebecca Leshinsky, RMIT University, Australia, [email protected] Overview Sharing sky high stories is a special issue for the Journal of Property, Planning and…
Contemporary issues and emerging design tools in Aviation sectors
Introduction  This special issue aims to attract the audience from worldwide in the utilization of the modern tools in the conceptual aircraft design. Further the submissions related to the energy…
Drugs, Habits and Social Policy: General Call for Papers
Drugs, Habits and Social Policy (DHS) is a quarterly, international, peer-reviewed journal publishing research and theoretical contributions in the field of drug use and policy. The journal provides…
Performance measurement of sustainability development in healthcare to serve human rights
Introduction  This Special Issue aims to attract world-leading research on how to develop and support the literature for sustainable development in healthcare to serve human rights. It seeks to…
Digitalization and workplace health management: Opportunities and challenges for managers
Introduction During the COVID-19 pandemic, the advantages and disadvantages of WFH have become even more relevant, as the number of people WFH has increased radically during the national lockdowns (…
Call for Papers – Reducing Risk at the Human-Built Environment-Hazard Nexus
Overview of Special Issue The world is becoming more urban, and risk is compounding due to maldevelopment and climate change. The interdisciplinary contents of the special issue will broadly respond…
EMAC/EJM collaboration on the dark side of social media
Introduction  Marketing research has a key role to play in addressing the challenges facing modern society. Leading associations such as the European Marketing Academy (EMAC) and leading journals…
Equity and inclusion: people, power and politics – the potential of citizenship to transform mental health
Introduction  The aim of the Special Issue is to bring together a series of papers that shed light on the relationship between citizenship and mental health. We know that taking a citizenship-…
Special Issue on Role of Health Care Quality in Managing Women’s Wellness
Introduction Health care delivery has a special purpose in our wellbeing. Demand for health services has been stretched to its limit while dealing with strains caused due to pandemic and its…

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

Can Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) Indigenous communities achieve sustainable health equity in the absence of widespread cultural reform?

Dr Amohia Boulton and Dr Tanya Allport, Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, New Zealand, discuss the alarming disparity between the health outcomes of Māori and Pākehā (non-Māori).
Healthier lives

Educational equity & anti-bullying in Northern Ontario, Canada

Robyn O'Loughlin asks whether or not educators can critically evaluate their experiences, attitudes and assumptions and how these may impact the students they teach, particularly Indigenous students.
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.
Healthier lives

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.
Healthier lives

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
Healthier lives

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.

News & press

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

Responsible management
Healthier lives

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.
Fairer society
Healthier lives

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...
Healthier lives

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...
Fairer society
Healthier lives

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.
Fairer society
Healthier lives

International Day of Disabled Persons

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

British Food Journal’s 120th anniversary coincides with World Food Day

Bingley, UK Tuesday 16 October 2018 - The British Food Journal (BFJ) has chosen World Food Day, 16 October - with its theme of 'Our actions are our...

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 .