Under the supervision of Nicole Biamonte, Duinker’s doctoral research investigates the role of rhythm and metre in the construction, performance, and perception of the rapped vocals of hip-hop music. His other research interests include popular music analysis, empirical musicology, analysis and performance, and phenomenological issues in music theory. Duinker has presented papers and posters at conferences hosted by the Society for American Music, Music Theory Society of New York State (MTSNYS), EuroMAC, the Society for Music Theory, and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). In addition, his writings are published in Empirical Musicology Review, Music Theory Online, and Xenakis Matters, a collection of analytical essays on the music of Iannis Xenakis.

Duinker holds a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Doctoral Fellowship and has twice received CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology) Student Awards for his research projects. He has also held Schulich scholarships at the masters and doctoral level, a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and an FRQSC (Fonds de recherche societé et culture du Québec) Doctoral Scholarship.