SOAS University of London

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Natalia Matveeva

BA (Moscow State University) MA (SOAS)


Natalia Matveeva
Natalia Matveeva
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Thesis title:
Building a new world: North and South Korean economic and political development strategies in the late 1950s - mid-1960s in the context of Cold War in East Asia (working title) 
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Natalia received her BA in Asian and African studies (2013) from Moscow State University, with a double major in Korean language, and Economics and international economic relations, and MA in Korean Studies (2015) from SOAS. After completing her Master’s degree she worked at the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and taught at the Russian State Social University and the Institute of Practical Oriental Studies in Moscow. She is currently the Co-Editor of the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research and teaches at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at UCL.

PhD Research

Natalia's research is a cross-disciplinary comparative study of the early stages of nation-building in North and South Korea. It assesses the strategies of economic and political development implemented by the two countries, their relations with their main allies – the USSR in case of the DPRK, and the USA in case of the Republic of Korea, and the effects that the state policies had on the everyday lives of the people. It is expected to reveal how the differences and similarities in the external and domestic situations of the two Koreas influenced the choices made by the leaders. The project is based on a variety of primary sources, among them the declassified documents from the former Soviet archives, South Korean, and American archives; the works and speeches of the North and South Korean leaders; and the periodicals from the two Koreas.


  • 2019 - 15th Worldwide Consortium of Korean Studies Centres Workshop (Freie University, Berlin, Germany)
  • 2019 – Anti-Communism in the Twentieth Century: An International Historical Perspective (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
  • 2019 – International Graduate Conference on the Cold War (George Washington University, USA)
  • 2019 – 29th Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) biennial Conference (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
  • 2018 - Korean History Workshop for Doctoral Students (Seoul, Republic of Korea)
  • 2018 - 5th International Science Conference for Korean Scholars (Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University, Russia)
  • 2018 – Columbia Conference on East Asia (Columbia University, USA)
  • 2016 – The Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-65 (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • 2016 – 4th International Science Conference “The Architecture of Security and Cooperation in East Asia” (Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Science, Russia)
  • 2015 – 12th Korean Studies Graduate Students Convention (KSGSC) (University of Malaga, Spain)


  • Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE)
  • SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research