Dr Leonid Petrov


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Leonid Petrov graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University in 1994, where he majored in Korean History and Language. In 1994-1996, he worked as interpreter for the South Korean National Soccer Team and participated in the 26th Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996-2002, Leonid Petrov worked on a doctoral thesis "Socio-economic School and the Formation of North Korean Official Historiography" at the Australian National University. Between 2003 and 2005, Dr. Petrov conducted post-doctoral research at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam and taught Korean History at the Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco. In 2006-2007, he was Chair of Korean Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Between 2009 and 2012, Dr. Petrov taught Korean History and Language at the University of Sydney. Starting from 2007, Dr. Petrov has been involved in a number of projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council (see Researcher's Projects). Currently, he teaches Cross-Cultural Management, Strategic Intelligence and other business-related subjects at the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS).

Research interests

Socio-economic History and International Relations in Northeast Asia; Inter-Korean (DPRK and ROK) Conflict and Cooperation; Territorial Disputes, Migration and Border Control in China, Japan, Korea, and Russia; Communist and post-communist studies (USSR, Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States).

Current student projects

“What business is most suitable for franchising in the foreign country with a highly indulgent culture?" (MIB, Cross-cultural Management, 2021)

Past student projects

"How did American actions during the United States Army Military Government in Korea (1945-1948) contribute to the outbreak of inter-Korean conflict?" (PhB, Asian Studies, 2019).

"More alike than different: veneration & control on both sides of the DMZ; the cult of North Korea's ruling Kim family and the Samsung Group" (MPhil, Korean Studies, 2012).

"Still King of the Country? Childhood Policies & Practices in the DPRK" (PhD, Asian Studies, 2012).

Researcher's projects

“North Korea’s Quiet Transformation” (2013, ARC-UTS, Chief Investigator Dr. Jung Kyung-Ja);

“Northeast Asia and the Korean War: Legacies of Hot and Cold Wars in Contemporary Constructions of the Region” (2011, ARC-ANU, Chief Investigator Prof. Tessa Morris-Suzuki);

“Historical Conflict and Reconciliation in East Asia” (2007, ARC-ANU, Chief Investigator Prof. Tessa Morris-Suzuki).

Past student projects

  • PhD research projects (Ethno-Nationalism in North Korea; Youth Policies in North Korea; Election politics in the Republic of Korea)
  • MPhil research projects (Samsung as a Family - The History of Chaebol; Multiculturalism in South Korea; Foreign Communities of Harbin between 1931 and 1966)


PhD in History (ANU, 2003)

Advance Diploma in Tourism (CIT, 2002)  

M.A. (Hons) in Asian and African Studies (SPbU, 1994)

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Socio-economic School of History and Formation of North Korean Official Historiography., The Australian National University

25 Aug 199611 Mar 2003

Award Date: 11 Mar 2003

External positions

Senior Lecturer & Program Manager, International College of Management Sydney (ICMS)

1 Jun 2013 → …

Lecturer in Korean Studies, The University of Sydney

15 Jun 200931 Dec 2012

Chair of Korean Studies, Sciences Po

1 Sept 20061 Jun 2007


  • DS Asia
  • Northeast Asia
  • Korea
  • China
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Stratetic Intelligence
  • Customer Service
  • Film Studies
  • JZ International relations
  • Conflict Prevention
  • International Cooperation
  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • Socio-economic History
  • Developmental Dictatorships
  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • International Tourism
  • Quality Management
  • Customer Service

Expertise Areas

  • Tourism Management
  • International Relations
  • Asian Cultural Studies
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
  • Korean Language
  • Asian History
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • Business and Politics
  • Film Studies


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