Kadri Simm is Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics of the University of Tartu. Starting from 1 April 2020, she also works as Research Integrity Counsellor for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She offers advice and support for university members who have questions about adhering to the principles of research integrity or suspect that research integrity has been violated.
After obtaining her master’s degree in gender studies from Central European University in 2001, Kadri Simm started her doctoral studies in philosophy in Tartu. She also started teaching at the University of Tartu almost immediately and became Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy in 2012. Simm has also studied and done research elsewhere – in Konstanz, as a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of York, in Helsinki, Graz and Geneva. Since 2018 she has been a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Tartu University Hospital.
Simm’s research is connected to the topics of political and moral philosophy. The former mainly consist of justice theories and feminist theories. In moral philosophy, she is intrigued by the questions about the motives of ethical decisions and the methodologies of teaching ethics. For a long time, Simm has also been interested in bioethics – these topics, both old (e.g. abortion, euthanasia) and new (e.g. reproductive and gene technologies), are multi-layered, interdisciplinary and compelling on theoretical and practical level and are an endless source of interesting research questions.
Kadri Simm is intrigued about the question of moral and motivation (Why should I act ethically? Why don’t people act ethically even though they know what should be done? etc.). She believes different methods should be used for teaching ethics to different people. When teaching philosophy students, you can start with theories. But when teaching engineers, for instance, you first need to start with helping them realise they also encounter ethical dilemmas in their everyday lives before they start to believe they actually need to learn about practical ethics.
As a Research Integrity Counsellor, Kadri Simm hopes to help her colleagues, students and the University of Tartu as an institution. She also hopes to improve herself thoroughly because as a counsellor, you need not only theoretical knowledge but also the skills to emphatically listen to others to support and counsel them.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting, please contact kadri.simm [ät] ut.ee