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Daniela Cutas

I am Senior Lecturer in Practical Philosophy. My main research interests are in bioethics (reproductive ethics in particular) and the philosophy of close personal relationships.

Research qualifications: Docent
Educational qualifications: Recognised university teacher



Works at

Affiliated as other position at Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Units: Philosophy
A, Humanisthuset Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My background is in Philosophy (BA), Government and Institutional Development (MA), Health Care Ethics and Law (MA), Research Ethics (Advanced Certificate), and Political Science (PhD). I am docent in Philosophy since 2013 and meriterad lärare since 2019. 

In my PhD thesis, which I defended in 2006, I analysed the concepts ‘dignity’ and ‘rights’ and the ways in which they have been used in the context of the prospects of human cloning and genetic engineering. I focused on two legislative documents, the Council of Europe’s Bioethics Convention and its Cloning Protocol. I traced the concepts to their purported philosophical roots and I highlighted tensions between the values that the drafters of the two documents endorsed and the provisions that they espoused. During my PhD studies, I obtained a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Manchester.  

Subsequent to obtaining my PhD, between 2006 - 2007, I worked on the EURECA project on delimiting the research concept, funded by the European Commission at the University of Manchester. Between 2007 and 2009, I was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg, working on a project on the normative distinctions netween natural and assisted human reproduction. Between 2010 and 2012, I worked at Karolinska Institutet where I taught research ethics to PhD students. Between 2012 and 2013, I worked at Maastricht University, on a project on the ethics of research towards developing human gametes in vitro. Since 2012, I work at Umeå University. 

Svensk filosofi 2021
Cutas, Daniela
Alegeri morale: teme actuale de etică aplicată, Editura Polirom 2021 : 221-241
Cutaş, Daniela
Cutas, Daniela; Hohl, Sabine
Journal of Applied Philosophy, John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 38, (5) : 809-823
Cutas, Daniela; Hohl, Sabine
Alegeri morale: teme actuale de etică aplicată, Editura Polirom 2021 : 11-34
Cutaş, Daniela; Volacu, Alexandru; Miroiu, Adrian
Assistierte Reproduktion mit Hilfe Dritter, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg 2020 : 171-182
Cutas, Daniela; Smajdor, Anna
What about the family?: practices of responsibility in care, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019 : 100-108
Cutas, Daniela; Gheaus, Anca
The freedom of scientific research: Bridging the gap between science and society, Manchester University Press 2019 : 57-70
Cutas, Daniela; Smajdor, Anna
The Routledge handbook of the philosophy of childhood and children, Routledge 2018 : 191-201
Cutas, Daniela
Analize - Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, 11/2018
Cutas, Daniela
Analize – Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, (11) : 5-15
Cutaş, Daniela
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2018
Smajdor, Anna; Cutas, Daniela; Takala, Tuija
Journal of Medical Ethics, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2018, Vol. 44, (6) : 404-408
Smajdor, Anna; Cutas, Daniela; Takala, Tuija
Parental responsibility in the context of neuroscience and genetics, Cham: Springer 2017 : 189-205
Cutas, Daniela
The Palgrave handbook of infertility in history: approaches, contexts and perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan 2017 : 609-624
Cutas, Daniela
Health Care Analysis, Springer 2017, Vol. 25, (4) : 354-369
Cutas, Daniela; Smajdor, Anna
Etikk i praksis, Akademika forlag 2017, Vol. 11, (1) : 5-15
Cutas, Daniela; Smajdor, Anna
Preventing age related fertility loss, Springer Publishing Company 2017 : 141-156
Cutas, Daniela; Smajdor, Anna; Hens, Kristien
Parental responsibility in the context of neuroscience and genetics, Cham: Springer 2017 : 1-12
Hens, Kristien; Cutas, Daniela; Horstkötter, Dorothee
International library of ethics, law, and the new medicine, 69
The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
Cutas, Daniela
Nuffield council on bioethics: background paper
Smajdor, Anna; Cutas, Daniela
Filosofisk Tidskrift, Stockholm: Thales 2015, Vol. 36, (3) : 12-19
Cutas, Daniela
Analize – Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, Vol. 4, (18) : 117-125
Cutas, Daniela
Think Outside the Box
Cutas, Daniela
Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, Vol. 18, (2) : 253-260
Cutas, Daniela; Hens, Kristien
Science and Engineering Ethics, Springer Netherlands 2015, Vol. 21, (5) : 1315-1329
Cutas, Daniela; Shaw, David
Hypatia, Vol. 30, (2) : 386-402
Cutas, Daniela; Smajdor, Anna
Health Care Analysis, Vol. 23, (2) : 134-147
Smajdor, Anna; Cutas, Daniela
Dilema Veche, Adevărul Holding 2014, (536)
Cutas, Daniela
Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2014, Vol. 7, (3) : 339-345
Cutas, Daniela; Dondorp, Wybo; Swierstra, Tsjalling; et al.
Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 40, (11) : 748-751
Smajdor, Anna; Cutas, Daniela
Families – Beyond the Nuclear Ideal, London: Bloomsbury Academic 2012 : 1-12
Cutas, Daniela; Chan, Sarah
Science, ethics and society
Journal of Medical Ethics
Cutas, Daniela; Giordano, Simona
Health Care Analysis, Vol. 20, (3) : 231-249
Munthe, Christian; Sandman, Lars; Cutas, Daniela
Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 37, (12) : 735-738
Cutas, Daniela
Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology, Vol. 4, (1) : 1-18
Cutas, Daniela; Bortolotti, Lisa
Contested Cells: Global Perspectives on the Stem Cell Debates
Cutas, Daniela; Munthe, Christian
Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Elsevier 2009, Vol. 19, (1) : 5-14
Bortolotti, Lisa; Cutas, Daniela
Human Fertility, Informa Healthcare 2009, Vol. 12, (1) : 45-52
Cutas, Daniela
Bioethics, Wiley-Blackwell 2008, Vol. 22, (1) : 56-63
Cutas, Daniela

Every semester, I teach an intesive course on Research Ethics to PhD students at the Faculty of Science and Technology. I briefly describe how I teach this course in this blog post (in Swedish). I have taught Research Ethics in several research areas and at different universities, to students at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) as well as PhD supervisors and other researchers. 

Other courses/seminars I have taught include:

Political Philosophy
Political Ethics
Moral Philosophy
Science and Society
Applied Ethics
Reproductive Ethics
Philosophy of Close Personal Relationships