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 vividly recall July 2020, shortly after completing my thesis defense seminar, when I stumbled upon a SMERU poster advertising a job opening for a qualitative researcher. Before graduating with my master's degree, I had already mapped out institutions within the development sector that I aspired to work with, and among them was SMERU. My interest in SMERU stemmed from its mission, alignment with the organization's and my values, and compatibility with the research topics I aimed to delve into, particularly those related to health, children, and youth.

I applied for the administrative process with my Certificate of Graduation (SKL), provisional transcript, and a few examples of writing portfolios I had compiled during my undergraduate study. Waiting for the results of SMERU’s selection process was quite nerve-wracking, and the prolonged selection period sometimes led to doubts about whether I would qualify.

Everything was not without divine intervention, and thankfully, I was granted the opportunity to learn here by God's grace. I feel fortunate to have encountered colleagues who are supportive of each other. I learned leadership skills from team leaders in several projects I participated in. In addition, SMERU provides opportunities for its staff to grow. I felt how team leaders and supervisors guided us as junior researchers. At SMERU, our opinions or arguments were considered even though we were still juniors.

Arif Budi Darmawan
Junior Researcher
October 2022-October 2023

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

When I first saw the vacancy for the editor/translator position, I wasn't familiar with SMERU and what it does. I just knew that a friend worked there. I had never worked nor applied for a position at a think-tank before. But the said position was a new challenge I would love to take on.

I started from ground zero when I was at SMERU. Previously, my work mostly revolved around writing and translation. I had little experience in editing, let alone editing academic publications. However, I was glad that the editorial and research teams were very helpful.

Over the years, I learned not only how to be a good editor/translator. I also gained substantial knowledge in development studies as well. SMERU is a remarkable place to learn. Given the wealth of knowledge the staff members possess, frequency of knowledge-sharing sessions (e.g., internal seminars), and innovations (e.g., SMERU Learning Centre) the institute constantly develops, opportunities for professional development are abundant at SMERU.

Some memorable experiences include leading a team of freelancers to translate over 200 interview transcripts under tight deadlines, being assigned to analyze user survey data related to SMERU's publications, and being a presenter at a book discussion. In addition to gaining exposure to project management and data analysis, I was also able to share my love for Indonesian literature at SMERU. At SMERU, you can prove that you're bigger than your job title. Any valuable contribution you can make to the institute, regardless of your main role, will have a place and will be appreciated.

Dhania Putri Sarahtika
April 2019–December 2022

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

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