Sofia Penabaz-Wiley

Sofia Penabaz-Wiley
Chiba University · Department of Horticulture

Doctor of Philosophy


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August 2015 - present
Chiba University
  • Research Assistant
  • Research into sustainable development with relation to urban and regional landscape planning.


Publications (6)
This research studied the psychological ownership (PO) of ethnobotanical (ETB) plants found near suburban residents’ homes. A mixed methods study was done using site survey, aerial photographs, historical research, interviews, and questionnaire responses. Inquiries regarding recognition, usage, and hopes for increase of 12 selected ETB plants were...
The theory of psychological ownership (PO) of ethnobotanical (ETB) plants in sustainable tourism for social-ecological revitalization was studied in Irouzaki, Japan with two objectives: to study PO of residents regarding local ETB plants; and to study the current state of and locals’ ideas for ETBs in the theory. Review, workshops, interviews and a...
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A qualitative research case study was conducted over two summers with caretakers and children. The aim was studying how ethnobotanical content-based environmental education (EE) in English classes can impact psychological ownership (PO) of plants. The objectives were to study reactions to classroom scenarios. Subjects were selected through purposiv...
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This study aims to analyze one method in current usage helping small suburban or rural communities to not only survive, but thrive, specifically through strategic landscape incorporation and use of ethnobotanical (ETB) plants native to or adopted by the area. We focus on the Incredible Edible (IE) movement in Todmorden, England as a successful case...


Questions (3)
I have searched to no avail for the sources.
- Urie Bronfenbrenner's Model of Ecological Systems (showing concentric circles around an individual as micro, meso, exo and macrosystems).
Supposedly from:
Bronfenbrenner, Urie. "Toward an experimental ecology of human development." American psychologist 32.7 (1977): 513.
- Urie Bronfenbrenner's Model with an additional element of the Chronosystem.
Supposedly from:
Bronfenbrenner, U. (2001). The bioecological theory of human development. In N. J. Smelser &P. B. Baltes
When the sources are actually read (Broffenbrenner, 1977, for example) they appear to be completely font-based.
Although widely used, they are not adequately referenced, and the associated papers that I have read contain no diagrams at all...
In addition, I found one article that had referenced his book, The ecology of human development, but it cannot be found in his book.
Does anyone know what documents they are from?
Thank you so much in advance!
I am currently a PhD student seeking an open access journal with low fees (less than $400 USD), accepting or rejecting papers within 6 months. I must publish two papers to graduate from my university. I would like to graduate on time, but it seems that the only publishers that will publish quickly have extremely low visibility. I do not want to waste my effort (in the long-term) it on a low-visibility, local journal. Searches online result in finding that there are various (predatory?) publishers seeking to make a profit off of people in similar situations to my own. It seems that the larger publishers are responding to the need for open access, but the fees are rather steep, and they take a long time to publish.
If someone could point me towards a reasonably priced publisher with a short acceptance time, I would be most grateful.
In order of importance: 1.Cost   2.Speed   3.Visibility
It seems I am not the only one with this question, however, there is little organized information on the subject. Thank you for your help.
Governments worldwide choose their concrete developer friends over long-term, beneficial alternatives. How can we, as planners and scientists, approach this problem? What are some of the tools we have at our disposal? In effect - how can we battle such strong opponents? Please tell me your stories and thoughts. Thank you.



Projects (2)
To find out the differences and similarities of motivation and mechanism of land use changes in impact area of national parks in China and Japan.