Dr Anthea McCarthy-Jones

Dr Anthea McCarthy-Jones

Senior Lecturer

PhD, B. Phil (Hons), BA

UNSW Canberra
School of Business

Dr Anthea McCarthy-Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra.

I have a PhD in International Relations with a specialization in Latin America. I have published work on politics and policymaking in developing nations, Australia’s neo-jihadist terror network, illicit business, and linkages between organized crime groups in Latin America, Asia and Australia.

My research has featured in publications by a range of organizations including East Asia Forum, InSight Crime, The Conversation, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, ABC News, Radio National, SBS News and the Sydney Morning Herald.

My current research focusses on developing a greater understanding of how 'dark networks' operate to facilitate illicit business activities in a global context.  In particular, my research examines the role of ‘brokers’ and 'enablers' and their importance to the organizational and operational structures of illicit networks.

In addition to my academic work, I am also a board member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) and the Managing Editor of the AIPIO Journal.

+61 2 5114 5693
Building 27, Room 213, School of Business, UNSW Canberra
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    McCarthy-Jones A, 2022, 'Soft power and the politics of foreign aid', in COVID-19 and Foreign Aid, Routledge, pp. 286 - 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003273844-16
    Book Chapters | 2013
    McCarthy-Jones A, 2013, '“Ploughing the sea” in a world of regions: Venezuela’s role in reviving Latin American regionalism for the twenty-first century', in Democracy, Revolution, and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent, pp. 47 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315890111
  • Journal articles | 2022
    McCarthy-Jones A; Turner M, 2022, 'What is a “Mafia State” and how is one created?', Policy Studies, 43, pp. 1195 - 1215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2021.2012141
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kelly M; McCarthy-Jones A, 2021, 'Mapping Connections: A Dark Network Analysis of Neojihadism in Australia', Terrorism and Political Violence, 33, pp. 743 - 765, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2019.1586675
    Journal articles | 2020
    McCarthy-Jones A; Doyle C; Turner M, 2020, 'From hierarchies to networks: The organizational evolution of the international drug trade', International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlcj.2020.100436
    Journal articles | 2020
    Turner M; McCarthy-Jones A, 2020, 'Bhutan’s Reluctant Democrats and the Challenge of Legitimation', Asian Studies Review, 44, pp. 515 - 532, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2019.1695743
    Journal articles | 2018
    McCarthy-Jones A, 2018, 'Brokering transnational networks: emerging connections between organised crime groups in the Pacific and Indian Oceans', Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 14, pp. 343 - 353, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19480881.2018.1519057
    Journal articles | 2017
    Doyle C; McCarthy-Jones A, 2017, 'Researching in volatile environments and the importance of adaptive methods for junior researchers', Qualitative Research Journal, 17, pp. 335 - 344, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-03-2017-0005
    Journal articles | 2017
    McCarthy-Jones A, 2017, 'Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in a Changing Global Landscape', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 23, pp. 183 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13260219.2017.1357246
    Journal articles | 2016
    Mazepus H; Veenendaal W; McCarthy-Jones A; Trak Vásquez JM, 2016, 'A comparative study of legitimation strategies in hybrid regimes', Policy Studies, 37, pp. 350 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2016.1157855
    Journal articles | 2016
    McCarthy-Jones A; Baldino D, 2016, 'Mexican Drug Cartels and their Australian Connections: Tracking and Disrupting Dark Networks', The Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, 24
    Journal articles | 2016
    McCarthy-Jones A, 2016, 'Mexican Drug Cartels and Dark-Networks: An Emerging Threat to Australia's National Security', Centre of Gravity
    Journal articles | 2015
    Mccarthy-Jones A; Turner M, 2015, 'Policy transfer through time and the search for legitimacy in developing nations', Politics and Policy, 43, pp. 215 - 238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/polp.12113
    Journal articles | 2014
    Lindfield N; McCarthy-Jones A, 2014, 'Leadership and Local Government Effectiveness: A Framework for Analysis', Asian Review of Public Administration, 25, pp. 47 - 63
    Journal articles | 2013
    Chodor T; McCarthy-Jones A, 2013, 'Post-Liberal Regionalism in Latin America and the Influence of Hugo Chávez', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 19, pp. 211 - 223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13260219.2013.853353
    Journal articles | 2011
    McCarthy-Jones A; Greig A, 2011, 'Somos hijos de Sandino y bolívar: Radical pan-American traditions in historical and cultural context', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 17, pp. 231 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13260219.2011.628370
    Journal articles | 2011
    McCarthy-Jones A; Turner M, 2011, 'Explaining radical policy change: The case of Venezuelan foreign policy', Policy Studies, 32, pp. 549 - 567, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2011.601220

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2016 (University of Canberra)

Publication Award 2016 (Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers) 


Anthea is a board member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO).  She is also AIPIO's Executive Associate Publications and the Managing Editor of the AIPIO Journal. 

Anthea is a member of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS).

My Teaching

I currently teach courses on Management and Governance in Developing Nations and Illicit Business in the Modern World.