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Andrew Burke

Dean of Trinity Business School and Chair of Business Studies


Professor Andrew Burke is Dean of Trinity Business School and the Chair of Business Studies. He became a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin in 2016 and joined the Board of the University in 2018. He has been a member of the Audit Committee from 2018-21.  

Previously he held the Bettany Chair of Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management where he was founder and Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship. He was also a Board Member of Cranfield Ventures Limited - Cranfield University's tech transfer unit - and Director of the Cranfield Business Growth Programme (BGP). He also served as Director of Graduate Programmes and a member of the Executive at Cranfield School of Management. He was Chairperson of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment - the London-based IPSE international think tank on freelancing - from 2014-20. He was a Visiting Professor at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, USA in 2002 and 2012. He was a Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Economics, Germany from 2003-2009. He has also been on the faculty of Warwick Business School, the University of Edinburgh, Balliol College Oxford and the University of St Andrews. He was a former President of UCD Students' Union and member of the Board of UCD.  

He is widely published in top ranked international journals including the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Regional Studies, International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Small Business Economics. His work has been presented at the EU Commission, World Trade Organization, HM's Treasury, UK Houses of Commons and Lords as well as through media such as BBC Breakfast Television and the Working Lunch. Andrew is founding Editor of the International Review of Entrepreneurship, an Editor of Small Business Economics and was a Guest Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Business Innovation and Research and the International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialization. He graduated with a D.Phil (Oxford University), MSc (London School of Economics), MA (NUI) and an honorary MA (Dubl.). During his student days he played in a number of indie bands which were commercially unsuccessful but enjoyable experiences.  

He has acted as a consultant for organisations such as the European Commission, Businesslink UK, the UK's association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE), GESAC (EU), Forbairt (IDA), Hudson Contract, Schlumberger, Selex-Galileo, May Gurney, Bank of Ireland International Banking and the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO).


  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy and Leadership
  • Freelancing


1. The relationship between freelance workforce intensity, business performance and job creation
Burke, A.E. , Cowling, M., Small Business Economics,  55, (2), 2020, p399 - 413 DOI URL

2. Do Freelance Independent Contractors Promote Entrepreneurship?
Burke, A.E., Zawwar, I and Hussels, S., Small Business Economics, 55, (2), 2020, p415 – 427.

3. How Entry Crowds and Grows Markets: The Gradual Disaster Management View of Market Dynamics in the Retail Industry 
Fok, D., van Stel, A., Burke, A.E. and Thurik, R. Annals of Operations Research, 2019 Journal Article, 2019.

4. Exploring the Impact of Different Types of Prior Entrepreneurial Experience on Employer Firm Performance
Burke, A.E., Millán, J.M., Román, C. and van Stel, A. Journal of Business Research, 90, (September), 2018, p107 - 122.

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    1. The Freelance Project and Gig Economies of the 21st Century
    Burke, A.E. (2019). London, CRSE, URL URL

    2. The Economic Role of Freelance Workers in the Construction Industry
    Burke, A.E. Vigne, S. (2018). 3rd Edition, London, pp. 1 - 75 Report, URL

    3. The Handbook of Research on Freelancing and Self-Employment
    Burke, A.E. (2015). The Handbook of Reserach on Freelancing and Self-Employment, 1st, Dublin, Senate Hall Academic Publishining, 2015, 1 - 160 pp

    4. Freelance Workers in the Construction Industry
    Burke, A.E. (2013). Freelance Workers in the Construction Industsry, Second, Hudson, Yorkshire, 2013

    5. The Role of Freelancers in the 21st Century British Economy
    Burke, A.E. (2012). London, pp. 1 - 66 Report, TARA - Full Text URL

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