Dr Burke completed a PhD at VU entitled, Sport, Foucault and Traditions of Feminism. It involved an investigation of the application of traditions of feminism to an understanding of the micropolitics of male power in sport.
The thesis partially filled a major gap in the body of knowledge in the area of philosophy of sport. The field of philosophy of sport has rarely engaged with feminism.
His other research has produced over twenty-five papers that have appeared in refereed journals or anthologies. He has published articles in the fields of sport ethics, sport sociology and feminism.
Dr Burke's research on drugs in sport has provoked much critical response within the field of philosophy of sport, and has been touched on in the fields of sociology and history of sport.
He has been regularly interviewed in the popular media about athlete behaviour, performance- enhancing and illicit drug use in sport, and sexual harassment, abuse and consent in sport.