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 the 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

  • Long, N. J., Tunufa’i, L., Aikman, P. J., Appleton, N. S., Davies, S. G., Deckert, A., . . . Sterling, R. (2022). ‘The most difficult time of my life’ or ‘COVID’s gift to me’? Differential experiences of COVID-19 funerary restrictions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Mortality. doi:10.1080/13576275.2022.2049527

  • Holroyd, E., Long, N. J., Appleton, N. S., Davies, S. G., Deckert, A., Fehoko, E., . . . Tunufa’i, L. (2022). Community healthcare workers' experiences during and after COVID‐19 lockdown: A qualitative study from Aotearoa New Zealand. Health & Social Care in the Community. doi:10.1111/hsc.13720

  • Sterling, R. (2021). Science fiction and the jurisprudence of gender in International Law and its erasing of ambiguity. In Law and Love (in and beyond Pandemic Times): Images and Narratives, Histories and Cultures [Online and In-Person]: 2021 Conference of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia. Hosted by The University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

  • 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).

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

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