SMERU Global Network

The SMERU Global Network (SGN) is a networking platform for those who have worked and interned at SMERU. The SGN aims to
  • establish a network of national and international work partners;
  • build professional connections;
  • share experiences and expertise gained at SMERU; and
  • build collaborations in research and training activities, and engagement in policy processes, both between SGN members and with SMERU.
After two decades, SMERU continues to grow and expand its network of collaborations with various stakeholders. Let's stay connected and open opportunities for future cooperation! You can also tell us about the highlight of your time while working at SMERU here. If you have any questions, please contact SMERU's communications team by email at



Good quality thought-provoking research. Support from SMERU staff at various levels and a very close sense of family.

Adinda Angelica
Junior Researcher
June 2020–September 2021

Reputable research institution, big family, and sincere collegiality.

Arief Noviar Sugito
RISE Program Manager
August–November 2020

I wanted to learn more on how to conduct public policy analysis and I was drawn to SMERU's excellent expertise in economics and public policy analysis across different sectors in Indonesia.

I learned new insights on public policy analysis as well as developed friendship and professional fellowship. 

Aris Huang
March 2018–March 2020

My previous job as a research assistant at an architectural consulting firm was limited to researching buildings. That made me want to work at SMERU, which is engaged in research on various themes. In addition, SMERU's big name in research that I had heard when I was in college strengthened my intention to join the SMERU family.

Working at SMERU felt like finding a new family—doing a job without the feeling of working. The comfort of working with research teams of different themes made daily activities colorful, not to mention that the atmosphere in the room I was in was filled with passionate, young researchers, making the working atmosphere enjoyable. It didn't even feel hard to spend the whole day and night at SMERU's office. In each research team, the presence of senior researchers with their amazing experiences and compassion enriched our knowledge and they treated young researchers with warmth. The last fieldwork activity I participated in was in Dompu Regency, West Nusa Tenggara. The field research was a race, and its research methods were slightly different, making the fieldwork challenging but fun.

Working at SMERU allowed me to visit the corners of Indonesia that I had never thought of visiting. I could carry out the fieldwork while learning and enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian archipelago. Meeting with local communities and seeing real events in the field always made me grateful. Thank you, SMERU, for allowing me to experience this by being part of the SMERU family.

Junior Researcher
August 2016–August 2017

SMERU is known as one of the leading think tanks in Indonesia. Especially for the topic of poverty and inequality, SMERU is the best. At the time I obtained my bachelor's degree, I aspired to work in academia while also contributing to social development in Indonesia, and I felt that SMERU was the answer. At SMERU, we not only work as well as improve our skills and intelligence, but are also involved in providing input to the government and making an impact on the community.

SMERU has a very egalitarian work culture. Every staff member of any level and position in the organization has the same opportunity to voice their ideas and develop themselves. The management and senior researchers are also very close to the other staff members and do not hesitate to share their knowledge. SMERU is the perfect place to work, study, and make an impact on the community.

Dinar Dwi Prasetyo
January 2014–June 2019

[I] Wanted to learn about research to gain experience as well as knowledge and skills necessary for my Ph.D. application.

[I also wanted to] Build relationships with colleagues and clients, gain field experience in various regions for data collection, receive good mentoring from superiors, and have a safe and comfortable work environment.

Elza Samantha Elmira
August 2016–July 2019

The post I applied for was in line with my interests and abilities and had good reviews from people who had worked at or with SMERU.

I found good and supportive seniors and co-workers, a comfortable work environment, and many opportunities for professional development.

Fandi Muhammad Hizbullah
August 2018–February 2019

When I submitted my application letter to SMERU, I didn't even know what SMERU was. A friend of mine who had suggested that I apply said that SMERU was one of the best research institutions and if I were to get accepted, I would learn a lot, especially about the socioeconomic issues and poverty in Indonesia.

One of the things that made me happy working at SMERU was the people. They are a diverse, kind group of people. When I started to work, I was surprised by the huge number of staff (previously I was used to working on projects with a small number of staff).

Felisita Lethe
Junior Program Administration Officer
October 2016–October 2018

SMERU has always been a top-notch research institute in Indonesia. Most of their publications not only bring “fresh insights”, but are also products of long-term research projects. Some of SMERU's studies are the continuation of related projects in the past. In fact, people who have been following SMERU, including me, are pleased to read the updates on monitoring and evaluation, for instance, which also serve as beneficial resources for researchers outside SMERU. To sum up, as one of SMERU's followers, I became inspired to work and collaborate with SMERU's research team. :)

Being able to work with SMERU's research team was remarkable. At first, I thought I would struggle to mingle with researchers of other areas of expertise, as they had had outstanding research projects in collaboration with national and international donors. However, my anxious thinking was proven wrong, as most of the researchers are grounded, humorous, professional, and willing to help their juniors.

Previously, I had mostly handled projects on women and sexual minority groups. However, since I joined SMERU, I was challenged to delve into development issues that focused more on child poverty. Surprisingly, the case I never thought I would be interested in has recently become one of my research interests!

Besides professionally working with the research division, I worked with SMERU colleagues from other divisions, whom I am also thankful to. Many internal meetings, training sessions, and informal conversations have made my day! One thing is for sure, SMERU has always been a “home”, as I was surrounded by the humblest research professionals I could ever ask for!

Fitri Ayunisa
Junior Researcher
February–September 2022

I learned about SMERU from several professors in my class when I was doing my master's degree in Australia. The professors said that SMERU is a leading research institution in poverty reduction and economic development. Based on my professors' recommendation, I applied for a post at SMERU in the hope of becoming part of a leading research group in economics.

SMERU is the best place to learn and improve skills in conducting research and data analysis. SMERU provides an opportunity for all researchers, regardless of their level, to lead a study. This makes our learning curve shoot higher because we can directly learn from practices and experience. In addition, the supervisors and colleagues at SMERU are open to new ideas and are always keen on sharing their knowledge. It was this collaborative and supportive environment that made me finally realize that my skills progressed a lot compared to the time I started working there.

Florischa Ayu Tresnatri
January 2019–December 2021

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