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Ornette D Clennon

Visiting Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University

I am an interdisciplinary researcher and composer interested in the confluence between culture, neoliberalism, communities and social inequalities.

I am a Visiting Research Fellow and the academic joint-lead for MMU's Critical Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster. I am also the Special Adviser on Research for Black British Academics with national advisory responsibilities for over 20 PhD candidates. I have also been appointed Visiting Professor at the Federal University of the Amazonas (UFAM).


  • 2015–present
    Joint Academic Lead, Critical Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster, The Centre for Social Change and Community Wellbeing, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2015–present
    Visiting Professor, Federal University of the Amazonas
  • 2015–present
    Visiting Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University


  • 2014 
    Manchester Metropolitan University, PGCAP
  • 1999 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD in Musical Composition
  • 1992 
    University of Edinburgh, BMus (Hons)


  • 2018
    Black Scholarly Activism between the Academy and Grassroots: A Bridge for Identities and Social Justice, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2017
    The Polemics of CLR James and Contemporary Black Activism, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2016
    International Perspectives of Multiculturalism: The Ethical Challenges, Nova Science Publishers
  • 2015
    Urban Dialectics, the Market and Youth Engagement: The ‘Black’ Face of Eurocentrism?, Nova Science Publishers
  • 2014
    Alternative Education and Community Engagement: Making Education a Priority, Palgrave Macmillan

Professional Memberships

  • Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM)
  • Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)