Judith Cherry

Dr Judith Cherry

Lecturer in Korean Studies

MBE, BA (Durham), MA, PhD (Sheffield)

Contact details
Email: j.a.cherry@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: 0114 222 8415
Room: B01


Graham Healey and Judith Cherry established Korean Studies at Sheffield in 1980 and, over the past 35 years, Judith has taught Korean language, history, society and business at Sheffield, with a career break in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, when she worked for US investment bank Salomon Brothers and ran her own consultancy company, Korea Business Services. Returning to Sheffield University in 1994, Judith was awarded a PhD and became a full-time member of staff at the School of East Asian Studies in 2001. In 2016, Judith was appointed Adjunct Professor at Korea University in Seoul, where she teaches courses on Korean society and business at their annual International Summer Campus. In 1997, Judith was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her service to the UK government in promoting exports to Korea.


Foundation in Korean Language (EAS101/102)
Korean-English translation (EAS201/202/301/302)
History of Korea (EAS103)
Contemporary Korean Society (EAS206/6206)
Business and Management in Contemporary Korea (EAS350/6302)
Investing in East Asia (EAS6211)

Teaching Philosophy

I am passionate about Korea and my research interests, and I aim to communicate that passion and enthusiasm through my teaching, incorporating the experiences I have gained during 30 years of living and working in Korea. I believe that students learn best when fully engaged with the topics and materials they are studying, and I encourage active student participation in my language classes and lectures, as well as in seminars. I invite guest speakers to talk to the students in two of my modules, including Korean War Veterans in the History of Korea module and the director of one of the films shown in the Contemporary Korean Society module, to enable the students to interact with people closely involved in the topics we are discussing. In the society module, students who have returned from their Year Abroad in Korea also give a presentation on their experiences within the context of the module content. I aim to enhance my students’ critical and analytical skills through discussion and essay writing, and develop their public speaking skills through presentations to their peers.

Current Research Projects

Judith’s current research project, which is funded by the Academy of Korean Studies, looks at the EU business community in Seoul. Specifically, it focuses on continuity and change in the business environment after the implementation of the EU-Korea free trade agreement in 2011; socio-cultural barriers to trade and investment; and the experiences of expatriate families in general, and male ‘trailing spouses’ in particular.

Research Supervision

Judith encourages applications from students wishing to study foreign direct investment and expatriate adjustment, with specific reference to Korea.


‘The economic imperative for South Korea’s middle power activism’, 2015 (Under Review).

'South Korea should keep calm and carry on through EU trade squall’, East Asia Forum, 2 August 2014.

'How to Promote a Free Trade Agreement: UK Trade & Investment and the EU-Korea FTA', in Korea Yearbook 2013: Politics, Economy and Society, edited by Patrick Köllner et al. (2013) Leiden: Brill.

‘Seoul Searching: The 2010 G20 Seoul Summit’ (with Hugo Dobson), Global Governance (2012), 18, 363-381.

‘Making Friends with the Hydra: European Expectations of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement’, European Journal of East Asian Studies (2012), Vol. 10, No. 1, 59-83.

‘Upgrading the ‘Software: The EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement and Socio-cultural Barriers to Trade and Investment’, Pacific Review (2012), Vol. 25, No. 2, 247-268.

‘International adjustment, met expectations and cultural novelty: The family dimension of promoting inward FDI in South Korea’, Asian Business and Management (2010), Vol. 9, No.1, 127-147.

‘Dismal leadership or macroeconomic fatigue? An analysis of the Kim Young-sam administration’s role in the 1997 economic crisis’, in South Korea: Challenging Globalisation and the Post-crisis Reforms (2008), edited by Kim Young-Chan et al. Oxford: Chandos Publishing.

'Foreign direct investment in post-crisis Korea: European investors and ‘mismatched globalization
’ (2007). Surrey: Routledge.

‘Changing perceptions of inward foreign direct investment in post-crisis Korea’, in Korea 2007 - Politics, Economy, Society (2007), edited by Patrick Koellner et al. London: Brill.

‘Killing five birds with one stone: Inward foreign direct investment in post-crisis Korea’, Pacific Affairs, Spring 2006, Vol. 79, No. 1, pp. 9-27.

‘Big Deal’ or big disappointment?: The continuing evolution of the South Korean developmental state’, Pacific Review, 2005, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 327-354.

‘Achievements in foreign direct investment’, in Two years of Roh Moo-hyun administration: Achievements and challenges (2005). Seoul: Korea Overseas Information Service.

Korean direct investment in the EU: Global Koreanisation’, in John A. Turner and Kim Young-chan Ed. (2004), Globalisation and Korean foreign investment. Aldershot: Ashgate Press.

‘The ‘Big Deals’ and Hynix Semiconductor: State-business relations in post-crisis Korea’, Asia Pacific Business Review, 2003, Vol. 10, No. 2, 59-79.

Korean multinationals in Europe (2001), London: Curzon Press.

‘The Korean view of European integration’ (1997) East Asia Research Centre Papers. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.