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.


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.

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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.

Digitizing Food Supply Chains: A Path to Ensuring Food Security
Special Issue: Digitizing Food Supply Chains: A Path to Ensuring Food Security Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine have highlighted food security issues on a global scale. Prior to the onset of Covid-19…
Careers and Positive Psychology
Submit your paper here! Overview It has been 21 years since Seligman’s (1998) call for a focus on “the science of positive subjective experience, positive individual traits, and positive…
Fabric objective data and algorithms to predict end-uses and tailorability
Submit your paper here! Introduction Fabric mechanics under low stress define their behaviour in manufacturing and wear. As early as 1930 Peirce suggested correlations between fabric handle and…
Safety and Civility: Reframing the Contexts Regarding Workplace Violence and Incivility
Submit your paper here!   Key deadlines Opening date: 10th April 2023 Closing date for manuscripts submission: 1st October 2023    Introduction In 2011, my colleagues…
Coca and legislation: Finding harmony between local and international practices and regulations
Introduction The 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs listed coca, together with cocaine and heroin, in Schedule 1 of prohibited substances. The Convention pursued two purposes: to phase out…
Health and well-being in construction
Overview: The relationship between workers’ health and the work environment is complex, as several personal and work-related factors could affect their health and well-being. There is a growing…
Integrated care in rural, remote or island communities
Introduction  Most of the literature on integrated care relates to policy and implementation experience in mainland and mainly urban settings. There has been little focus in the integrated…
Employee voice and silence in the health sector
Introduction  Healthcare systems in most developed countries, including Australia, are facing dramatic challenges in providing high quality and error free patient care. While there are many…
Meeting the trauma needs of Autistic people
Introduction Autistic adults, young people and children are more likely to be exposed to trauma compared to neurotypical populations. Yet, autistic people are under represented in trauma research,…
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-…

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.

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...
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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...
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
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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.
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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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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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Billie Bonevski – Goal advisor

Billie Bonevski is a behavioural scientist, and Professor and Lead of Public Health at Flinders University, South Australia. She is interested in chronic disease prevention and her research is focused on designing and evaluating health behaviour change interventions that have real-world impact. Her research targets population groups at high risk of disease due to sociodemographic, clinical, or cultural factors. Billie is committed to promoting health equity and communicating science.