Since its establishment in 2001, SMERU has been a leader in socioeconomic research in Indonesia. SMERU conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies on various socioeconomic issues. In addition, SMERU supports inclusive public and private sector policy discourses through development policy analysis and its potential impact.
Widjajanti Isdijoso, Deputy Director of the SMERU Research Institute for Research and Outreach, spoke at the International Conference on "Linking Social Protection to Sustainable Livelihoods: A Way Forward for Indonesia" organized by Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, DFAT Australia, and MAHKOTA.
On 9 May 9 2019 the SMERU Research Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia conducted an audience visit to Dr. Darmawan Prasodjo, Deputy I of Presidential Chief of Staff, at the Presidential Staff Office (KSP). The SMERU delegation was represented by two researchers from the EINRIP (Eastern Indonesia National Road Improvement Project) study team, Yudi Fajar M. Wahyu and Dinar Dwi Prasetyo, and the Institute secretary, Nuning Akhmadi.
On October 2018, the SMERU Research Institute hosted Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) Seminar Series. FKP is a consortium consisting of various institutions in Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesia Project, holds a series of research based policy forums discussing research outcomes related to topical policy issues in Indonesia. These forums were free and open to the public.
The SMERU Research Institute hosted the 9th Forum on Employment Policy (FKK) on 24 July 2018. Chaired by Mrs. Dra. Rahma Iryanti, M.T (Expert Staff of the Minister of National Development Planning for Social Affairs and Poverty Reduction) and under the topic of structural transformation, the forum presented two resource persons, Dr. Asep Suryahadi (Director of SMERU) and Dr. Zulfan Tadjoeddin (Senior Lecturer of Western Sydney University).