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.


Health education and interprofessional practice

Health educators are increasingly prioritising the role of peer education and the impact of user involvement in health education and promotion. We aim to understand some fundamental objectives of health care education.

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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.

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…
Participatory Approaches in Ageing Research: Studying Health and Care with Older Adults
 Introduction The inclusion of older people as co-creators of the research process is a relatively new concept comprising a number of approaches like “inclusive research”, “user-led research”, “…
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 care…
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 culprits…
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,…
Exploring happiness in the workplace as an important theme for developing managers post pandemic
Introduction   As the recovery from the global pandemic is taking shape there are indications of a desire to re-think the way our organisations are managed. This special issues seeks to contribute…
Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults
Introduction   Our annual themed issue of Advances in Dual Diagnosis will focus on issues surrounding understanding and/or addressing dual diagnosis (co-occurring substance use and mental health…
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…

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.

Fairer society
Healthier lives

Establishing trust in hybrid work – the role of people and technology

Kathrin Kirchner, Christine Ipsen, Anne Pedersen, Mejse Hasle Nielsen and Kasper Edwards discuss building trust between colleagues working in different locations, as well as trusting the technology we use to facilitate hybrid working.
Healthier lives

The role for service users in higher education – why it matters

Eleanor Jack, Bournemouth University, UK, discusses the role of service users in higher education and why this matters.
Healthier lives

(How) can health education help young people navigate an uncertain world?

The world we live in is abundant with conflicts, change and uncertainty, which raises questions about the contribution that school subjects such as health education can make to prepare young people to navigate such a world. Find out more in this blog by Rachael Dixon and Jenny Robertson.
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.

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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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.