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.


How does behaviour impact health and wellbeing?

In our mission to better understand behaviour change on health and well-being, we ask a number of questions.

More on this mission

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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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.

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…
Young people’s perspectives on mental health and substance misuse
Submit your paper here! Introduction This special issue aims to compile current research specifically for young people in relation to mental health concerns and substance misuse. This issue will…
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…
Governance and Funding Models in Integrated Care
Submit your paper here! Introduction Governance and funding models for integrated care vary widely across the world. This Special Issue invites papers demonstrating the diversity in approaches in…
Drugs, Habits and Social Policy: Call for papers
Submit your paper here! List of topic areas In the face of latest developments in drug policy and drug market fields, DHS is especially interested in receiving mixed-method, qualitative and…
International Journal of Health Governance: Call for papers
Submit your paper here! International Journal of Health Governance (IJHG) (Emerald Publishing) is a peer-reviewed journal that promotes the evolution of governance for health and health systems to…
Re-designing short food supply chains for enhancing sustainable livelihoods and economies worldwide
Submit your paper here! Introduction Over the last 4 years, the humanitarian livelihood and worldwide economies have been victims of multiple disasters that had disrupted utmost businesses…

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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The health and wellbeing benefits of practicing self-compassion

Self-compassion it not a new concept; it has been embedded in Buddhist philosophy and meditation and practiced for over 2500 years. However, during the last two decades there has been pioneering work undertaken that demonstrates having the ability to give yourself self-compassion can reduce levels of anxiety, stress and depression. Find out more in this blog.
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Health and wellbeing amongst people experiencing multiple disadvantage – reflections from the Fulfilling Lives programme

When we think about ‘healthier lives’, several things come to mind: physical activity, good mental health, a nutritious diet, getting plenty of sleep. Find out more in this blog.
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Behaviour change in health communication: why socio-cultural factors matter?

Professor Sabihah Moola discusses health communication, health promotion and its effect on behaviour change.
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Can we build better leaders in the health sciences?

Marie Norman and Colleen Mayowski discuss the covid pandemic and how it has taught us the importance of creative, savvy, responsive leaders in the health sciences.
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Lifestyle drift is killing health promotion

Author James Woodall, Leeds Beckett University, discusses how lifestyle drift is killing health promotion.
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What's wrong with patient-centred care?

Professor Alison Pilnick, University of Nottingham, discusses patient-centred care.

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.
Responsible management
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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.
Fairer society
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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, 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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