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.


Mental health – social inclusion & loneliness

COVID-19 has had a negative impact on people's mental health and well-being causing social isolation and loneliness. Read/watch our latest research and blogs/videos.

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Healthy 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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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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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.

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Peter Krykant & UK drug consumption rooms – is their time finally here?

Martin Powell, Head of Partnerships for Transform Drug Policy Foundation talks about his conversations with Peter Krykant, who has been operating his Overdose Protection Service for more than six months now.

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UN reclassification of cannabis achieves little for patients’ rights

The removal of cannabis and cannabis resin from schedule IV by the UN appears to be a positive move and has been touted to speed up desperately-needed...

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What’s it like to be a workplace mental health first aider?

Found in more and more workplaces, mental health first aiders are ordinary members of staff who have been trained to spot the signs of mental illness...

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Are you sitting uncomfortably? How access to the experience and expertise of mental health service users can enhance professional learning

Author: Charlotte Wilson, Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin Email...

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Why have some people’s anxiety levels decreased during lockdown?

The injunction to enjoy in a world of universal boredom Author: Nicholas Gibbs, a criminology PhD student at Northumbria University. For many students...


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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Your publishing development manager

Paula Kennedy

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 Healthy Lives. 

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