Hello, you made it to Arne Müller’s Sociological Expertise Lab (AMSEL).
I am a freelancer offering sociological and methodological expertise for qualitative social science research projects as well as professional advice and consulting for the social sector.
Just browse this site and check out how I could help you to gain better results for your research projects.

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* About *

I graduated as a sociologist in 2005 and completed my PhD in 2016. I gained extensive international research expertise through multiple stations of my career, e.g. as a research fellow at the University of Cologne/Germany, as a research assistant at the University of New England/Australia or as a research associate at the University of Sydney/Australia. I am currently working as a freelancer for the Center for Disability Studies/University of Sydney. 

Before I became a researcher, I worked as a personal assistant for people with disabilities for more than eight years. As such, I later also chaired my company’s work council. With the experience of both worlds, research and practice,  I can ensure to offer the best-suited approach for better results for your company or single departments. Successful optimization of processes does not necessarily mean cutting costs or staff by all means. Sometimes, determining different perspectives and scrutinize for collective aims again can cause similar effects. By applying state-of-the-art qualitative research methodology and scientific analytical approaches I will determine what really matters for your company and how you can reach your goals and make your customers happy again. At AMSEL, Consulting is done in the original meaning and at its best.

For additional information please refer to the testimonial page.

My skills and products are:

For social science research projects:

  • advice on and planning of qualitative research projects, including
    • planning and construction of semi-structured interview guides
    • conduction and recording of qualitative interviews (in person or telephone-based)
    • transcription of audio-recordings of interviews in German AND English language
    • software-based qualitative data analyses using different approaches, including coding and generation of categorial frameworks
  • drafting of research reports and scientific publications
  • conduction of literature searches and literature reviews

For professional advice and consulting in the social sector:

  • comprehensive analyses of the de-facto situation and the current status-quo of your company
  • analyses and feedback on your and your staff’s perceptions about your and their work and duties
  • adding an outside perspective if things ain’t clear anymore
  • re-defining aims and goals by taking everyone’s perspective into account
  • initiating first steps and setting milestones to reach your newly defined aims and goals
  • following-up on your milestones to ensure that your new paths keep your company on track

If you think that my skills could be an improvement for your projects, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me and ask for an estimate. Please refer to the contact page for further information.

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Journal articles:
Hussain, Rafat/ Wark, Stuart/ Müller, Arne/ Ryan, Peta/ Parmenter, Trevor. (2019). Personal Relationships During End-of-Life Care: Support Staff Views of Issues for Individuals with Intellectual Disability. In: Research in Developmental Disabilities. 87 Jg., April 2019: S. 21–30. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2019.01.005

Wark, Stuart/ McKay, Kathy/ Ryan, Peta/ Müller, Arne. (2018). Suicide amongst people with intellectual disability: An Australian online study of disability support staff experiences and perceptions. In:  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 62. Jg., Nr. 1: S. 1–9. doi: 10.1111/jir12442

Wark, Stuart/ Hussain, Rafat/ Müller, Arne/ Ryan, Peta/ Parmenter, Trevor. (2017). Challenges in providing end-of-life care for people with intellectual disability: Health services access. In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 30. Jg., Nr. 6: S. 1151–1159. doi: 10.1111/jar.12408

Wark, Stuart/ MacPhail, Catherine/ McKay, Kathy/ Müller, Arne. (2016). Informed consent in a vulnerable population group: supporting individuals aging with intellectual disability to participate in developing their own health and support programs. In: Australian Health Review 41. Jg., Nr. 4 (2017): S. 436–442. doi:10.1071/AH15235

Book chapters:

Müller, Arne. (2017). Crip Horizons, the Cultural Model of Disability, and Bourdieu’s Political Sociology. In: Waldschmidt, Anne/ Berressem, Hanjo/ Ingwersen, Moritz (Hrsg.). Culture – Theory – Disability. Encounters between Disability Studies and Cultural Studies. Bielefeld (transcript). S. 259–264.

Müller, Arne. (2015). Dis/Ability und Prekarität. Inklusion durch Arbeit? Eine Problematisierung des Leistungsprinzips. In: Völker, Susanne/ Amacker, Michèle (Hrsg.) Prekarisierungen – Arbeit, Sorge, Politik. Weinheim & Basel (Beltz Juventa). S. 111–127.


Müller, Arne. (2018). Diskriminierung im Kontext von Behinderung, sozialer Lage und Geschlecht. Eine qualitative Analyse im Anschluss an Pierre Bourdieu. Bielefeld (transcript). DOI: 10.14361/9783839444610

Waldschmidt, Anne/ Müller, Arne. (2013). Barrierefreie Dienstleistungen. Benachteiligungen von behinderten Menschen beim Zugang zu Dienstleistungen privater Unternehmen. Expertise der Universität zu Köln, Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Soziologie und Politik der Rehabilitation, Disability Studies. Herausgegeben von der Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS).

Waldschmidt, Anne/ Müller, Arne. (2013). Diskriminierung von behinderten und chronisch kranken Menschen. Literatur zum Thema “Barrierefreie Dienstleistungen – Benachteiligungen von behinderten Menschen beim Zugang zu Dienstleistungen privater Unternehmen”. Herausgegeben von der Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes (ADS).

Wark, Stuart/ Müller, Arne/ Hussain, Rafat/ Parmenter, Trevor. (2016). Pain management during end-of-life care: Support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 60. Jg., Nr. 7: S. 820.

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Please find some of the testimonials, my former supervisors provided me with on this site.

“In terms of analysis, reporting and writing of reports, Arne is very skilled in a range of analytical methods and produces reports that show clear, appropriate and accessible information. Arne writes very well to publication standard.” Prof Dr Patrica O’Brien

University of Sydney

“Arne[.]’s way of working is characterized by extreme professional analytical skills, impressive meticulousness and huge reliability. Due to his broad sociological skills, his extraordinary capacity of reflexion and his sophisticated skills in argumentation and communication he completed all duties I assigned him with my utter satisfaction.” Prof Dr Anne Waldschmidt

University of Cologne

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