Dr Rogena Sterling

Rogena Sterling

Research Officer

Qualifications: PhD, LLM (1st Class Honours), LLB, Cert. TESOL

About Rogena

He tangata Irarua, Pākehā of ngāti Stirlingshire, Pict (Scotland) descent

Dr. Rogena Sterling was the first Intersex person to get a PhD in New Zealand and is a legal and multidisciplinary scholar. They are a research officer at Te Kotahi Research Institute, chairperson of Intersex Aotearoa and a board member of Pacific Women’s Watch. Their research focus is on human rights, Identity and well-being, biopolitics of data and statistics, intersex issues, tikanga and environmental law, and Gaelic/Pict Customary law. They have been on human rights and intersex advisory panels and bodies in New Zealand.

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Sterling, R. (2021). The power of intersex identity and sense of belonging. In Storyo. Retrieved from

  • Martin-Anatias, N., Long, N. J., Davies, S. G., Pounamu, J. A., Appleton, N. S., Deckert, A., . . . Tunufa'i, L. (2021). Lockdown Ibuism: Experiences of Indonesian migrant mothers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, April(45).

  • Appleton, N. S., Long, N., Aikman, P., Davies, S., Deckert, A., Fehoko, E., . . . Tunufai, L. (2021). (Alter)narratives of ‘winning’: Supermarket and healthcare workers’ experiences of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK (ASA): Responsibility [Online]. Hosted by the Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews, UK.

  • Sterling, R., Riddle, K. -L., Brooks Tūrongo, R., & Hudson, M. (2021). Understanding Māori rights and interests in intellectual property arising from research and innovation. Te Kotahi Research Institute University of Waikato. Retrieved from

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Health; Human Rights; Indigenous Rights; Intellectual Property; Philosophy; Social Policy

Identity and well-being, Sex/Gender and Intersex issues