Sophie Lemière


Sophie Lemière’s research focuses mainly on Malaysia and Southeast Asia since 2006. She has also conducted extensive research in post-revolutionary Tunisia and the Caribbean region. She obtained her Master’s and PhD from Sciences-Po Paris and has received fellowships and grants from prestigious research institutions in Europe, Asia and the US. As of 2021, Sophie is permanently based in Malaysia where she has launched World Wonderers a global non-profit social enterprise for the political empowerment of minorities and SoCo a political consulting firm offering services to private and public entities. She is currently affiliated with several think-tanks and university research departments including CSIS Washington DC, SIPA at Florida International University in the USA, the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) in France and the Asia Research Institute at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.

In 2014, she received her PhD from Sciences-Po, France. Her thesis was the first study on the political role of gangs through umbrella NGOs in Malaysia. In 2007, her Master’s research on the apostasy controversies and Islamic civil society was awarded the second prize for International Young Scholar from the ISIM, Leiden.

Sophie is also an Associate at The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA); Florida International University (FIU), Miami, USA; The History Workshop at The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; The Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) and The Chair of Contemporary History of the Arab World at College de France in Paris, France.