Malevolent creativity has been established as a distinct area of interest in the wider field of
creativity research. The construct builds on earlier concepts of negative creativity that sought to
acknowledge the possibility of harmful outcomes in the production of novelty. With a particular
focus on the intentional production of harmful, novel outputs, malevolent creativity has particular
relevance to fields such as criminal justice, policing and counter-terrorism. There is a growing
theoretical foundation for malevolent creativity, and an expanding body of empirical work that
continues to develop an understanding of the relevant variables and the relationships between them.
Most recently, empirical work is beginning to shift towards cause-and-effect, and practical work is
focusing more and more on the application of the concept to practical policing and security
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