As Lecturer in Visual Communication (Graphic Design) at Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama, Dr Harland supervises PhD students and teaches at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. He is also the School lead for the University ‘Changing Environments and Infrastructure’ challenge.

His primary research examines how urban graphic objects contribute to the identity, structure and meaning of the city. He has also published pedagogic research on assessment criteria in art and design.