Sophie Lemière

Political Anthropologist, Researcher, Consultant and Social Entrepreneur.

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 an Associate Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at Nottingham University, Malaysia and at the Center for Strategic Research and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington DC.


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Featured Works

Malaysia: Gangster Boogie, Bosses And Politics

Malaysia: Gangster Boogie, Bosses And Politics

In F.Allum and S.Gilmour, Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics, Chapter 26 Edward Elgar 29 March, 2019 This chapter focuses specifically on the relationship between the organisation PEKIDA and its satellites, and the former ruling party UMNO (1957-2018). It...

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Malaysia’s political pendulum has already swung back to Umno. Is Muhyiddin next?

The country has a new prime minister in Ismail Sabri, but its cabinet is mostly the same as Muhyiddin’s – signalling a return to conservative Malay politics The former premier’s position heading the National Recovery Council is another sign of his survival instinct....

As ‘pandemic premier’ Muhyiddin survives yet again, what’s next for him – and Malaysia?

The prime minister is still the prime minister even after royal rebukes, opposition protests, youth demonstrations and a loss of support While many believe Muhyiddin’s days at the helm are numbered, Mahathir’s reinvention shows political memories are short. Can the...

Spotlight – Malaysia: August 5, 2021

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has found his way out of another major political storm and maintains his power, at least until the next Parliament session in September. At that time he will call for a confidence vote, as announced today. Malaysian politics has gone...

In Malaysia and Tunisia alike, young democracies are being destabilised by dysfunctional leadership

In Malaysia, the state of emergency appears to be coming to an end, as announced last week during a special session of parliament In Tunisia, the turmoil may be just beginning after President Kais Saied’s recent power grab, which critics have described as a coup...