Anthea McCarthy-Jones

Senior Lecturer

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.

Book Chapters
2022, 'Soft power and the politics of foreign aid', in COVID-19 and Foreign Aid, Routledge, pp. 286 - 305,
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,
Journal articles
2022, 'What is a “Mafia State” and how is one created?', Policy Studies, 43, pp. 1195 - 1215,
Kelly M; McCarthy-Jones A, 2021, 'Mapping Connections: A Dark Network Analysis of Neojihadism in Australia', Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 33, pp. 743 - 765,
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, vol. 63, pp. 100436 - 100436,
Turner M; McCarthy-Jones A, 2020, 'Bhutan’s Reluctant Democrats and the Challenge of Legitimation', Asian Studies Review, vol. 44, pp. 515 - 532,
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, vol. 14, pp. 343 - 353,
2017, 'Australian-Latin American Relations: New Links in a Changing Global Landscape', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 23, pp. 183 - 186,
Doyle C; McCarthy-Jones A, 2017, 'Researching in volatile environments and the importance of adaptive methods for junior researchers', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 17, pp. 335 - 344,
Mazepus H; Veenendaal W; McCarthy-Jones A; Trak Vásquez JM, 2016, 'A comparative study of legitimation strategies in hybrid regimes', Policy Studies, vol. 37, pp. 350 - 369,
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, vol. 24
McCarthy-Jones A, 2016, 'Mexican Drug Cartels and Dark-Networks: An Emerging Threat to Australia's National Security', Centre of Gravity
Mccarthy-Jones A; Turner M, 2015, 'Policy transfer through time and the search for legitimacy in developing nations', Politics and Policy, vol. 43, pp. 215 - 238,
Lindfield N; McCarthy-Jones A, 2014, 'Leadership and Local Government Effectiveness: A Framework for Analysis', Asian Review of Public Administration, vol. 25, pp. 47 - 63
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, vol. 19, pp. 211 - 223,
McCarthy-Jones A; Turner M, 2011, 'Explaining radical policy change: The case of Venezuelan foreign policy', Policy Studies, vol. 32, pp. 549 - 567,
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, vol. 17, pp. 231 - 248,


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).

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

Publication Award 2016 (Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers) 

Politics and policy in Latin America

Venezuelan politics

Illicit business 

Criminal networks

Brokers in criminal networks

Drug trafficking in the Pacific

Organisational units
lensSchool of Business
Sub Theme
lensPublic Service Management