Dr Leonid Petrov

MA (Hons) in Asian and African Studies (SPbU) PhD in History (ANU)
Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History and Language
College of Asia & the Pacific
T: +61-403076604

Areas of expertise

  • Asian History 210302
  • International Relations 160607
  • Korean Language 200316
  • Asian Cultural Studies 200202
  • Tourism Management 150603
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209

Research interests

Socio-economic history and international relations in Northeast Asia; Inter-Korean (DPRK and ROK) conflicts and cooperation; Disputed territories, migration and border control in China, Japan, Korea, and Russia; Communist and post-communist studies (USSR, Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States).


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. Currently, he teaches Cross-Cultural Management, Strategic Intelligence and other subjects at the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS). Starting from 2007, Dr. Petrov has been involved in a number of projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council (see Researcher's Projects).

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).

Current student projects

"Fandom Boosting for Briars Rugby Union" (Industry Research Project, 2015)

"International and Domestic Markets for Boutique Hotels in Australia" (Industry Research Project, 2015)

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)


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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