Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh

Charlotte Greenhalgh

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: B.A. (Hons), M.A. (University of Auckland), D.Phil (University of Oxford)

About Charlotte

Charlotte is a historian of social and cultural life in twentieth-century Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Her research is motivated by a desire to uncover personal experiences in the past and to understand the role of individuals in large-scale social change. The topics of her research projects include young people, romance, and courtship; old age and ageing; social surveys; and pregnancy.

Charlotte’s current research on the history of pregnancy in twentieth-century New Zealand is supported by a Marsden Fund fast-start grant. She was previously Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Nicola Lemberg, PhD Thesis, 'The History of the Future: Depictions of 'the Future' in New Zealand Print and Visual Culture 1880-1940'

Ben Redder, PhD Thesis, 'Video Games as a Source of Historical Knowledge'

Charlotte is available to supervise research in New Zealand history, British history, Australian history, and gender history.

Research Interests

Charlotte’s book Aging in Twentieth-century Britain charts the determined efforts of ageing Britons to shape public understandings of old age in the modern era. Her research also uncovers popular responses to social science and investigates the intellectual contributions of everyday people to social surveys in the twentieth century.

Charlotte talked to Jess Clark for New Books in British Studies about uncovering the testimony of the aged, and what her book reveals about experiences of growing older and public attitudes towards old age across the twentieth century.

Listen to the interview here

Charlotte spoke with Kathryn Ryan for RNZ about the history of social surveys in Australia and New Zealand, including the people who went door-to-door, the details they exposed, and how local populations responded to questions about their everyday lives.

Listen to the interview here

Charlotte’s new project on the history of pregnancy takes pregnant women’s decision-making about work and family as its starting point to consider the history of gender in twentieth-century New Zealand and the evolving possibilities of women's lives. Along the way, her research asks and answers questions about the personal impact of medical and technical advances, the experiences and political leadership of Māori and migrant women, and the shifting status of women’s testimony over time.

Listen to Charlotte talk about pregnancy and women's diaries for a panel discussion of 'Women's Lives, Women's Bodies' here

Recent Publications

  • Arnott, G., & Greenhalgh, C. (2021). Between Empire, Periphery, and the United States of America: the local and international origins of the Melbourne Social Survey (1941–1943). History Australia, 18(3), 544-563. doi:10.1080/14490854.2021.1956339

  • Greenhalgh, C. (2020). [Review of 'Past Caring? Women, Work and Emotion’ edited by Barbara Brookes, Jane McCabe, and Angela Wanhalla]. New Zealand Journal of Public History, 7(1), 51-53. Retrieved from

  • Greenhalgh, C. (2020). Social Surveys. In M. Dobson, & B. Ziemann (Eds.), Reading Primary Sources. The Interpretation of Texts in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History (2 ed., pp. 117-137). London: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429401916

  • Arnott, G., & Greenhalgh, C. (2020). The survey and the state: Governments and early social research in New Zealand and Australia, 1930s–40s. Australian Historical Studies. doi:10.1080/1031461X.2020.1817110

Find more research publications by Charlotte Greenhalgh


Ageing; Gender; History; New Zealand History; Youth

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: 3.05, J Block
Phone: +64 7 837 9348