Harilal Madhavan is a development economist (PhD 2011 - JNU) specialized in economic and interdisciplinary research on Asian indigenous medicines, health and pharmaceutical policies and intellectual property rights. Since 2005, Harilal has been part of various organisations, universities and research institutes in both teaching and conducting internationally funded research projects on various fields of Asian medicine industries, health institutions and policies. This includes studies funded by European Research Council, Azim Premji Foundation, Wellcome Trust, CSDS and Indian Council for Social Science Research.
Harilal has published extensively on these aspects in journals like Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Asian medicine, Tropical Medicine and International Health, World Intellectual Property, Economic and Political Weekly, etc. apart from publications in various book chapters and monographs. The current stream of research is focused on development and organization of Tibetan and Mongolian pharmaceuticals vis-à-vis other Asian medicine industries.