Daniela Cutas

Daniela Cutas

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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 have been Associate Professor of Philosophy at Umeå University, and since 2020 I am Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at Lund University. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Philosophy


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