Ziene Mottiar


Dr. Ziene Mottiar is a lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism in Dublin Institute of Technology. She is programme tutor for BSc(Hons) Tourism Management, BSc(Hons) Hospitality Management and BSc(Hons) Leisure Management. She co-ordinates the undergraduate and postgraduate theses and lectures on a variety of modules including Entrepreneurship, Globalisation and Economics.

Tourism Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs

Destination Development

Relationships between entrepreneurs

Regional Development

Journal articles

Boluk, K and Mottiar, Z (2014 forthcoming)  ‘Motivations of social entrepreneurs: blurring the social contribution and profits dichotomy’ Social Enterprise Journal


Ryan, T., Mottiar, Z., Quinn, B.(2012) The Dynamic Role of Entrepreneurs in Destination Development. The Journal of Tourism Planning & Development.



Mottiar, Z. & Quinn, D. (2012) Is a self-catering holiday with the family really a holiday for mothers? Examining the balance of household responsibilities while on holiday from a female perspective, Hospitality & Society, Vol. 2, No. 1 , pp.197-214



Mottiar, Z.,Walsh, L. (2011) Leisure Space Reflecting Changing City Demography: Tracking the Phase of an International Quarter Development in Parnell Street East, Dublin. Leisure Studies http://arrow.dit.ie/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1057&context=tfschhmtart


Marchant, B., Mottiar, Z (2011) Understanding Lifestyle Tourism Entrepreneurs and Digging Beneath the Issue of Profits: Profiling Surf Tourism Lifestyle Entrepreneurs in Ireland. Tourism Planning and Development Vol. 8 No. 2, 2011, pp.171-183



Mottiar, Ziene and Ingle, Sarah (2008) Broadening the Entrepreneurial Perspective. International Small Business Journal, Vol.25, no.6, pp.667-680. http://arrow.dit.ie/tfschhmtart/11/


Book chapters


  • Mottiar, Z (2013) Using on-line materials to enhance students’ dissertation experience  in Donnelly, R Dallat J ,and Fitzsimmons M, Supervising and Writing an Undergraduate Dissertation, Bentham





  • Mottiar, Z and Jacobson, D (2002) ‘The Importance of Place, Space and Culture in the Development of an Industrial Agglomeration in Ireland: The Furniture Industry in Co. Monagahan’, in O hOgartaigh, C and Theile, K eds., International Business Education: Enterprise Development, Shaker Verlag, Aachen, Germany.


  • Jacobson, D, Heanue, K and Mottiar, Z (2001)  ‘Industrial districts and networks: different modes of development of the furniture industry in Ireland’ in Felsenstein, D et al Public Investment and Regional Economic Development, Edward Elgar.



Published reports

  • Mottiar, Z. Quinn, B and Ryan T (2014) A study of the social and community impacts of the Gathering in Counties Kerry and Westmeath Fáilte Ireland, 2014 


Conference papers


  • Mottiar, Z (2013) Exploring the motivations for cooperation among rural tourism entrepreneurs, paper presented at ORTE conference Sep 2013


  • Mottiar, Z, Quinn, B and Ryan T (2013) Building collaboration between the cultural and tourism sectors in the West of Ireland, THRIC conference Galway, June


  • Mottiar, Z (2010) Social entrepreneurs as drivers of destinations Tourism entrepreneurship, NeXt conference, Canada, April


  • Mottiar, Z (2009) An Alternative vita: social entrepreneurs Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Croatia, June


  • Mottiar, Z & Laurincikova, L. (2008) Hospitality Ethnic Entrepreneurs in Dublin: Motivations, relationships and clustering examined, at THRIC Annual Conference, Tralee


·         Gorham, G and Mottiar, Z (2006) 'Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Students:
               Are they deep, strategic or surface learners?' presented at the annual
               Association for Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE) conference titled
               'Knowledge, Communication, Networking, Locating Tourism Knowledge', 6-8
               December 2006, Madingley Hall, Cambridge. 


  • Mottiar, (2005) ‘Inter-firm relations of lifestyle entrepreneurs: the case of Westport, Ireland. ATLAS annual conference Barcelona Nov.


  • Mottiar, Z, (2004), Islands of Power: small firms in Courtown, Co. Wexford, Ireland’. ATLAS Conference on Networking and partnerships in destination and development management, Naples, Italy.


  • Mottiar, Z, (2002)  ‘Holiday home owners: a route to sustainable tourism development?’ ATLAS Conference on Sustainability, Portugal. 


  • Ingle, S and Mottiar, Z (2002) ‘Regional Disparity and Entrepreneurship: An Irish Study’. Second Conference of International Entrepreneurship Forum. Beijing November.


  • Mottiar, Z (2001) ‘The Clustering Effect’. Tourism and Leisure in the Third Millennium Conference, Dublin, May.


  • Mottiar, Z and B. Quinn, (2001) ‘The emergence of residential tourists as an important segment in the tourism industry’. TTRA Conference in April.


  • Mottiar, Z and B Quinn, (2000), ‘Promoting sustainable tourism in local places – exploring the economic and social effects of the Seaside Resort Scheme’. Conference Paper for Tourism and the Environment 2000, European Conference Sep.


  • Mottiar Z and D Jacobson. (1998), ‘The successful development of two industrial sectors in Ireland: the importance of culture, place, and space’. Second Urban and Regional Studies Conference, Durham, 17-20 September. 

Research projects 


  • 2013 The Gathering funded a project to investigate the social and community impacts of the Gathering. 
  • 2012 awarded Failte Ireland funding for a project entitled’ Redressing regional imbalance through cultural tourism: Building collaboration between the cultural and tourism sectors in the West of Ireland’. 
  • 2005 Awarded DIT Team Research Scheme (TERS) funding worth €50,000 for research into minority entrepreneurship in Ireland. 
  • 2005 Awarded funding under the DIT Teaching and Learning Programme for the ‘Write Right’ project. This involved the development of an on-line module to improve undergraduate writing skills.
  • 2005 Strand 1 funding for research project for PhD student.
  • 2003 Part of the team which was awarded funding under the DIT Team Research Scheme to study Tourism Enterprise and Local Development.
  • 2003 Awarded seed funding to develop WebCt materials.
  • 2003 Strand I funding for research project for PhD student.
  • 2001 Awarded DIT Seed Funding for project entitled ‘Residential Tourists as a Stakeholder in Irish Tourism? A case study of Courtown, Co. Wexford’. 
  • 2000 Awarded DIT Scholarship under the Postgraduate R & D Skills Programme.

Postgraduate research supervision


Theresa Ryan (2009) A comparative case study of the factors underpinning tourism development in Killarney and Clifden in Ireland http://arrow.dit.ie/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=tourdoc


Ben Marchant (in progress) The classification of types and stage of lifestyle entrepreneurship: the case of Irish surf tourism entrepreneurs